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Type 1 Diabetes: Living With the Disease (cont.)

Surgery

Surgery is not a routine way of treating type 1 diabetes. You are eligible for surgery only if you meet specific criteria.

  • You may have a pancreas transplantClick here to see an illustration. surgery if you have had or plan to have a kidney transplantClick here to see an illustration. or, in rare cases, if you meet other requirements.
  • You may have islet cell transplant surgery if you meet the rules for being in a study. Islet cells transplanted into the liver make insulin.

Surgery Choices

Pancreas Transplant Surgery
Pancreatic Islet Cell Transplantation

What To Think About

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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