After Pancreas Transplant
Receiving a pancreas transplant is a life-altering operation with potentially great benefits. But receiving a transplant also means a lifetime of medication, frequent follow-up visits and ongoing monitoring by nurses, surgeons and transplant nephrologists at UVA.
After Your Pancreas Transplant
After leaving the hospital, you will need to check your own vital signs daily (temperature, weight, blood pressure and pulse) and take prescribed medications. Transplant recipients also complete regularly scheduled routine lab tests (at a laboratory convenient to home):
- From 0-3 months, twice per week
- From 4-6 months, once per week
- From 6-9 months, once every two weeks
- Monthly thereafter
Follow-Up Care for Your Pancreas
Routine follow-up appointments are scheduled after a transplant. Although the patient and transplant team jointly remain focused on the good health of the patient, the patient now holds the key to success. Faithful adherence to medications and lab tests along with annual reviews at our clinic give the greatest level of assurance that the transplanted pancreas will continue to function.