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Islet Cell Transplant

Islet Cell Transplant

Islet cells help your body begin to regulate blood glucose and prevent hypoglycemia.

Over the past ten years, our team has preformed more than 200 human islet isolations, 27 pancreatic islet auto transplants and six human islet allotransplants under two investigational new drugs. We’ve provided more than 50 million human islets to diabetes researchers around the world, accelerating the pace of discovery in diabetes research.

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Islet Cell Transplant

Islet Cell Transplant

Islet cells help your body begin to regulate blood glucose and prevent hypoglycemia.

Over the past ten years, our team has preformed more than 200 human islet isolations, 27 pancreatic islet auto transplants and six human islet allotransplants under two investigational new drugs. We’ve provided more than 50 million human islets to diabetes researchers around the world, accelerating the pace of discovery in diabetes research.

Islet Cell Innovation

How to Get Started

Watch this video about Islet Cell Transplant The evaluation process begins with a referral by your doctor. You can start the process by contacting our referral coordinator at 800.543.8814

The coordinator will collect basic medical information. Then, our financial counselor will contact you to provide advice on basic financial questions and begin contact with relevant insurers.

Listen to Kenneth Brayman, MD, discuss Islet Cell Transplant at UVA.

The Transplant Process

The Evaluation

Your surgeon will review your candidacy for auto-islet cell transplant during your clinic visit. Pre-operative tests determine if surgery is safe for you. This may include tests of your heart and lungs and an oral glucose tolerance test. 

Since you will be receiving your own islet cells, there is no wait aside from scheduling surgery. 

Pancreatectomy & Islet Auto-Transplant Procedure

At UVA we offer a service not widely available: auto islet cell transplants for patients with chronic pancreatitis.

During this procedure, your doctor removes your pancreas and then isolates and removes the islet cells from the pancreas. We then transplant the islet cells in your liver. The islet cells produce insulin, which may prevent you from needing insulin injections.

Both procedures take about 8-10 hours. You'll stay in the hospital for approximately 10 days after surgery. 

Post-operative care

You'll have follow up appointments with the surgeon until you're fully recovered. You'll need to continue to see your primary care provider as well. 

Make an Appointment

Call 800.543.8814

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