The pancreas is an organ near the stomach. Its main function is to produce insulin, which helps control blood sugar levels. If it stops working, a transplant may be needed.
In a pancreas transplant, surgeons place a healthy pancreas from a recently deceased donor in your body. Almost all pancreas transplants are done on people with Type 1 diabetes, a disease that affects more than 2 million Americans.
Pancreas and kidney transplants are often done simultaneously because Type 1 diabetes causes kidney failure as well as pancreas failure. Both transplants can help improve your quality of life, helping you live better, longer.