The pancreas is a small organ connected to the small bowel. It has two vital roles - producing insulin and other hormones as well as secreting digestive enzymes.
Conditions such as Type 1 diabetes (when the pancreas does not produce insulin at all) or pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) can cause the pancreas to fail. This can cause serious illness.
There are three different types of pancreas transplant:
It is important to remain contactable as the pancreas and kidney from a deceased donor may be available any time. You must come down to NUH for the transplant immediately as the surgery must happen within a few hours after the organs are removed from the deceased donor.