For some people, surgery may be done to treat diabetes when other methods do not help. Choices are:

Pancreas Transplant

A transplant places a healthy donor pancreas into the body. The new organ will make insulin and it will no longer need to be injected.

Kidney damage is a common problem in people with diabetes. This transplant is often done with a kidney transplant.

Islet Cell Transplant

Islets are the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. This procedure takes healthy donor islet cells and injects them into a vein that carries blood to the liver. The cells will make insulin. It will need to be done more than once. It can help a person manage their blood glucose and may even be able to stop insulin injections.

Islet Cells
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Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board James P. Cornell, MD
  • Review Date: 09/2019 -
  • Update Date: 12/12/2019 -