A pancreas transplant may become necessary for some people with insulin-dependent diabetes. Some patients may require simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplants. The procedures are used to manage complications in the kidneys that are caused by diabetes. A pancreas transplant can reduce the dietary restrictions placed on diabetics, and it may even eliminate the need for insulin injections. A transplant decreases the risk of severe reactions to low blood sugar.
Many medical tourists travel abroad to seek organ transplants, including transplants of the pancreas and kidney. Apart from the United States, eight countries have medical centers that perform pancreas transplants: Bulgaria, Brazil, Greece, India, Mexico, South Korea, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. A pancreatic islet transplant is also available. This minimally invasive procedure is offered for patients with specific requirements.