kidney/pancreas transplant RE: [IPk] Dexcom has CE mark
If you have kidney problems a pump could be a good way of achieve better
control. Clinical trials have shown that tight control of blood glucose levels
can slow the progression of complications, especially those involving the eyes,
kidneys and nerves. This is a start. I have dont know anyone personally who
has had a kidney/pancreas transplant but have been to lectures where doctors
have talked about the patients for which this has worked very well.
You might like to look at these links if you haven't already seen them. It has
very good information
Go to the link for full information.
"What are the benefits of a pancreas transplant?
As well as not needing to give yourself insulin injections anymore you won't
need to worry about frequent blood sugar tests or diabetic diets. The biggest
benefit is that once you have a pancreas transplant, and your insulin is
controlled automatically, most of the other damage that diabetes does to you is
stopped. In some cases some of the problems may improve, although it usually
takes several years to see any improvement. This includes problems with nerve
damage and heart disease. The pancreas will also stop you damaging your new
kidney in the same way your diabetes damaged your own kidneys.
How successful is it?
A kidney transplant in a diabetic patient is very successful, with over 85%
working one year after, and with an average life of 8 to 10 years. Results of a
pancreas transplant are also good, with over 75% working at a year and lasting
an average of 8 years. Because of its improved success it is now the
recommended treatment for patients with diabetes and kidney failure in America.
Nevertheless occasionally it isn't successful and the pancreas may need to be
removed (10% of patients in the first year).
How long will I be in hospital?
For a kidney transplant alone patients normally stay for 7 to 10 days.
Following a kidney and pancreas transplant the stay is longer, normally 3 to 4
Is it dangerous?
Diabetes is dangerous - it damages your kidneys, your eyes, your arteries and
your nerves. Pancreas transplantation is potentially dangerous, and therefore
you will be carefully looked after. Occasionally patients may die from combined
pancreas and kidney transplantation, just as they may die after kidney
transplant alone - but it is uncommon (less than 5 in 100). What a successful
pancreas transplant would do is allow you to reduce the damage which diabetes
causes so that your chances of being alive in the long term (10 years from now)
are better if you have a pancreas and kidney than just a kidney alone."
> high every body
> iam waiting to go on pump. been to the renal unit
> have found out my kidneys are functioning about 20 per cent i am
> getting frighten of going on dialis and have the chance of going on
> kidney pancreas transplant would like to here from any one going
> through the same thing as am frightened what to espect please can any
> one advise me
> nigel> From: email @ redacted>
> To: email @ redacted> Subject: [IPk] Dexcom has CE mark> Date: Tue,
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