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    CALLING ALL THOSE WHO HAVE HAD A PANCREAS TRANSPLANT...
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    mburke17 posted:
    I have already had a kidney transplant, and now the doctors would like me to have a pancreas transplant. I would be curious to hear from others who have had a pancreas transplant - what was the surgery like? What was your recovery like? What was the first thing you ate after the surgery that you couldn't have before because of your Diabetes? How are you today? Do you still consider yourself a Diabetic?

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    Michael
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    john-skpt responded:
    I had a combined kidney-pancreas procedure in January 2000, and everything is still doing OK. There have been a few problems along the way, mostly things related to medications, but overall things have done well.

    I still consider myself to be 'technically' a Type I diabetic, since if I stopped taking the immunosuppressant drugs, the new pancreas would almost certainly be destroyed just like the native pancreas was. It's a little tricky trying to explain that to non-medical personnel, but the doctors instantly understand my definition.

    Since my kidney failure had placed far bigger restrictions on my diet than the diabetes had ever done, the first things that I wanted were oranges, bananas, pineapples, things that the potassium-restricted renal diet had taken away.


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