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
- Roughly one in four of these procedures have been performed in children under the age of 18.
For a consultation, contact:
Louise Berry, Care Coordinator
Doctors & Providers
|Melena Bellin, MD|
|Sees Patients At:|
Pediatric Specialty Care Discovery Clinic
|Louise Berry, RN|
612-625-5115 or 800-328-5465
Locations by city:
Phillips-Wangensteen Building Second Floor, Clinic 2A 516 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455