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Pancreas transplant - series—Incision



Pancreas transplant is a procedure in which a donor pancreas, obtained from a brain-dead organ donor who is maintained on life support, is surgically implanted into a diabetic patient. This operation is most often done in combination with kidney transplant in a patient who have diabetes and kidney failure as a result of their diabetes. The recipient's own diseased pancreas is left in place and the donor pancreas transplanted through a midline abdominal incision.

Review Date 4/5/2015

Updated by: Debra G. Wechter, MD, FACS, General Surgery practice specializing in breast cancer, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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