Type 1 Diabetes: Living With the Disease (cont.)
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Surgery is not a routine way of treating type 1 diabetes. You are eligible for surgery only if you meet specific criteria.
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Pancreas and islet cell transplants are very expensive. After having one of these surgeries, you must take immunosuppressive medicines for the rest of your life to prevent your body from rejecting the new tissue.
The success rate for pancreas transplants has improved with new surgical techniques and new immunosuppressive medicines. Islet cell transplants may replace pancreas transplants in the future but for now they are experimental.
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