Pancreas and Kidney Transplant

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is among the top 10 transplant programs in the nation in number of pancreas and kidney transplant procedures performed. Combined with our leading kidney transplant expertise, patients can trust us to perform this operation that cures both kidney failure and diabetes.

To make an appointment, please call 410-328-5408

Types of Pancreas and Kidney Transplant Offered at UMMC

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If you have insulin-dependent diabetes that leads to the need for a pancreas transplant, your condition may also lead to kidney failure. You may require a kidney transplant as well as a pancreas transplant to restore you to better health.

In addition to pancreas-only transplantation, we offer 2 procedures where our expert surgeons transplant the pancreas and kidney at the same time:

  • Simultaneous pancreas and kidney (SPK) transplantation: In this procedure, we transplant the kidney and pancreas from a single deceased organ donor. Patients with insulin-dependent diabetes (Type 1) and certain patients who have components of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (Type 2) may be candidates for this procedure.
  • Simultaneous pancreas and living donor kidney (SPLK) Transplantation: For patients who have a suitable living donor for kidney transplantation, we can time the surgery in conjunction with the availability of a pancreas from a deceased donor. The advantage to this procedure is that patients have superior outcomes, thanks to the living donor kidney transplant. UMMC pioneered SPLK. We have performed more SPLK procedures than any other medical center.