Pancreas Patient Education

Patient Education

We recognize that receiving a transplant is an overwhelming experience and represents a significant lifestyle change. You and your family members play a very important role in successful organ transplantation. Please utilize the resources on this page to learn more about living with your new transplant.

After you go home from the hospital, it is very important that you:

  1. Take all medications as instructed.
  2. Complete all lab work as scheduled.
  3. Call the transplant coordinator or doctor if you notice any symptoms of rejection, infection or other problems.
  4. Keep regular appointments with your doctor.

More Information on Living With Your Transplant:

The following resources will give you the basic information you need to live more successfully after your pancreas transplant. Please review each document carefully, and go over any questions you have with your doctor and/or members of your transplant team.

Patient Education Documents You Can Download:

  • Congratulations - This guide covers what you need to know about taking care of yourself, and serves as a reference guide for common questions.
  • When to call - This guide covers symptoms to watch out for and when you should call your doctor or the Transplant Center.
  • Rejection - One of the complications you can develop after a transplant is rejection. This resource will help you understand what it is, how to prevent it, and how to treat it.
  • Medications - Medications play an important role in your success after a transplant. This resource serves as a guide in understanding some of the medications you will be taking.
  • Infections - Due to anti-rejection medication you will be taking, you may be more prone to infection. This guide provides helpful information in preventing infections after your transplant surgery.
  • Nutrition - This resource contains diet guidelines to help keep your new pancreas healthy. 
  • Testing - This guide will help you better understand the lab tests you will have done after your transplant.
  • Activity - This guide talks about how to slowly and safely begin taking on the daily activities of your life again, such as exercise, driving and returning to work.
  • Living With Your Transplant - This guide covers several lifestyle 'Do's and Don'ts for living successfully after your transplant. 
  • Glossary

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