The pancreas is a small organ connected to the stomach. It has two vital roles: producing insulin and other hormones as well as secreting digestive enzymes.
Conditions such as Type 1 diabetes (when the body does not produce insulin at all) or pancreatitis (infection of the pancreas) can cause the pancreas to fail. This can cause serious illness.
A pancreas transplant is a not a common mode of treatment, but may be considered if:
A pancreas transplant places a healthy pancreas from a deceased donor into the patient. This donated pancreas will take over the function of the failed pancreas and help produce the hormones and enzymes essential for health. A pancreas transplant is often done at the same time as a kidney transplant. A donor pancreas comes from a deceased donor retrieved for organ transplant.
In 2012, we piloted the pancreas transplantation programme in collaboration with the Singapore General Hospital. Simultaneous Pancreas and Kidney transplant is carried out for patients who suffer from Diabetes to improve their quality of life and to reduce long term complications. In 2021, we were appointed the dedicated surgery site for all Simultaneous Pancreas – Kidney (SPK) transplants. This means that we are the only centre in South East Asia that performs pancreas transplants.
The services available include pre-transplant medical assessments, surgical and micro-surgical specialised services, post-transplant intensive care and recovery, outpatient check-ups and lifetime medicine reviews. Our team approach ensures that transplant patients are provided with comprehensive, dedicated and individualised care.
Our transplant coordinators and other allied health professionals (such as medical social workers, transplant pharmacists and dietitians) work together to provide the required support and education to our patients and their caregivers.
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