Patients with stage 4 or 5, or end-stage renal disease will most often find themselves on dialysis. Patients who qualify may be eligible for a kidney transplant to avoid dialysis and may experience an improved quality of life.
For patients who also have type 1 diabetes, pancreas transplants are a beneficial treatment option. When successful, pancreas transplant recipients no longer require insulin injections because the new pancreas produces insulin. Pancreas transplants are most often performed when a patient has kidney failure and also receives a kidney transplant.
Speak to your dialysis social worker or primary nephrologist to see if you qualify for a referral to Presbyterian Transplant Services.