Many doctors refer patients to UCLA because we are one of the only hospitals in the U.S. offering auto-islet transplants for chronic pancreatitis.
Patients living with chronic pancreatitis who undergo a pancreatectomy (total pancreas removal) may be eligible for auto-islet transplant. In this procedure, doctors isolate insulin-producing islet cells from your removed pancreas and transplant them into your liver.
Auto-islet transplant reduces the chances that you will develop diabetes after a total pancreatectomy. Roughly one in three patients won’t need any insulin after transplant. Others may have limited pancreatic function that reduces their need for insulin injections.
No other hospital in the Southwest performs auto-islet transplants. In fact, we are one of just a few places in the U.S. that performs this advanced procedure.
Our integrated practice unit provides a full team of experts to care for patients who come to UCLA for this procedure. Once our surgeons remove the pancreas, our expert partners at the University of California, San Francisco isolate the islet cells for transplant.
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For more information or to make an appointment with our team of specialists, please call us at (310) 206-6889.