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Pancreatectomy and Islet Auto-Transplant

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If you or someone you love has chronic debilitating pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), you understand what an impact it can have on day-to-day life. Perhaps you've had treatment but the pain just hasn't gone away. That doesn't need to be the end of the road. At University of Minnesota Medical Center we offer hope that you can regain your quality of life. 

Together with the Schulze Diabetes Institute at the University of Minnesota, the medical center is home to the world's largest pancreatectomy and islet auto-transplant (TP-IAT) program. For many people, a TP-IAT can mean the end of pain and the start of getting life back on track. 

During a pancreatectomy, a surgeon removes the patient's pancreas. This relieves the pain that the patient has been experiencing. Usually without a pancreas, the patient will develop diabetes. That's because islet cells in the pancreas make insulin, which control blood sugar (glucose). However, surgeons at University of Minnesota Medical Center often perform an islet auto-transplant along with the pancreatectomy. During this process, technicians in the laboratory isolate islet cells from the pancreas that has been removed. The surgeon then puts these cells back into the patient's body where they can continue to produce insulin. This step can help prevent the patient from developing diabetes.

Here are some interesting facts about our program:
  • Specialists with University of Minnesota Health performed the first pancreatectomy and islet auto-transplant (TP-IAT) in the world in 1977
  • Since 1977, our surgeons have performed more than 500 of these procedures
  • Nearly one in 7 of these procedures have been performed in children under the age of 18.

For a consultation, contact:

Louise Berry, Care Coordinator
1-800-328-5465
612-625-6650
kberry1@fairview.org
Learn more about pediatric total pancreatectomy and islet auto-transplant at University of Minnesota Children's Hospital.

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Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.