As one of the world's leading kidney transplantation programs, UCLA is an outstanding choice for patients with type 1 diabetes and renal failure who need both pancreas and kidney transplant. Our team has performed more than 6,300 kidney transplants.
Since 1993, more than 250 diabetic kidney transplant patients have also received a pancreas transplant at UCLA.
Why Choose UCLA for Pancreas and Kidney Transplant?
Most of the pancreas transplants we perform include a kidney transplant. Our expert physicians and surgeons offer unsurpassed benefits and experience, including:
- Extensive kidney transplant experience: UCLA's kidney transplantation program is one of the world's largest. We perform kidney transplants for approximately 300 patients each year.
- Living donor kidney transplant program: For patients who have renal failure, our experienced living donor kidney transplant program offers an option to receive a kidney from a relative or friend, while still waiting for a pancreas donor.
- Expertise for the full range of pancreatic conditions: Patients making decisions about kidney and pancreas transplant benefit from our surgical expertise, as well as the knowledge of the UCLA Center for Pancreas Care.
What Types of Pancreas and Kidney Transplant Does UCLA Offer?
At UCLA, we offer pancreas transplant for two groups of patients:
- Simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantation (SPK): Transplantation of the pancreas during the same operation as a kidney transplant is something we offer for diabetics who are in renal failure. Advantages include:
- Only one surgery: At UCLA, our team for these operations includes both a pancreas transplant surgeon and a surgeon from our world-leading kidney transplant program.
- Only one donor: The donor for the kidney and the pancreas is the same. This approach lowers the risk of rejection by the recipient.
- Strong outcomes: Outcomes are good for patients who simultaneously receive a pancreas and a kidney, because their glucose is controlled and does not damage the newly transplanted kidney.
- Pancreas after kidney transplant (PAK): We offer this transplant for diabetic patients who have received a kidney transplant that is working well. Some patients also undergo PAK when they have received a living donor kidney transplant and are waiting to receive a donor pancreas.
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