For almost 25 years, transplant specialists at MUSC Health have provided lifesaving pancreas transplants to patients with insulin-dependent diabetes. As the only transplant center in South Carolina, we often take on challenging pancreas transplant cases involving high-risk patients, like those with certain cardiac conditions.
Our talented transplant team considers every aspect of your life – from your physical health to your emotional well-being – to create a personalized treatment plan that ensures the best possible results for you.
Our entire pancreas transplant team, including board-certified transplant surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, pharmacists and social workers, has special training to care for transplant surgery patients.
Specialists at MUSC Health’s Transplant Center perform several types of pancreas transplant, offering multiple approaches to meet the unique needs of each patient. These procedures include:
The pancreas transplant process starts with a thorough evaluation and screening. You’ll meet with health care providers from multiple specialties and undergo several medical tests, including an EKG, chest X-ray and blood work. This evaluation process helps us determine your health status, the extent of your diabetes and whether a pancreas transplant would be safe for you.
If a pancreas transplant is the best treatment choice, we will place you on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) pancreas transplant waiting list. UNOS uses several key factors to guide their organ matching process, including medical urgency, blood type and time spent on the transplant waiting list.
When UNOS matches you with a pancreas, you’ll come to MUSC Health for this lifesaving surgery. Following pancreas transplant surgery, you’ll recover in our dedicated transplant unit. MUSC Health has developed several patient-centered recovery protocols, allowing our transplant patients to have some of the shortest hospital stays in the nation.
Even though getting you home faster is key to a better recovery, you’ll have regular follow-up care and consultations with your transplant team after discharge. And you can call us anytime, 24/7, with any questions or concerns.
MUSC Health is dedicated to making the pancreas transplant process as easy as possible for you and your loved ones. Your transplant team includes social workers, behavioral health specialists and financial counselors who support you by:
In addition, we offer a wide range of support programs to help and encourage you in this journey. Read more about our patient support services.
For more information about pancreas transplant, or to speak with a Transplant Coordinator, please contact MUSC Health at 800-277-8687.