The pancreas can be transplanted alone but is usually performed as a combined kidney-pancreas transplant to treat kidney failure resulting from Type 1 diabetes.
Both the pancreas and the kidney might come from a deceased donor, or the pancreas could be from a deceased donor and the kidney from a living donor.
What does the pancreas do?
The pancreas has two main functions:
• To produce substances which the body uses to digest fats and protein
• To produce insulin, a hormone that the body uses to break down sugar (glucose) into energy
The pancreas is located just underneath the stomach and is connected to the intestines via the pancreatic duct.