Benefits of Pancreas Transplants
You may be able to maintain a normal blood glucose level without taking insulin. Many of the diabetes-related side effects are prevented or delayed.
Most people with nerve damage who receive a pancreas transplant do not get worse and sometimes show improvement.
Downsides to Pancreas Transplants
The body treats the new pancreas as foreign and the immune system attacks the transplanted pancreas (rejection).
Transplant patients must take powerful immunosuppressant drugs to prevent rejection of the new pancreas. Drugs that suppress the immune system can lower resistance to other diseases, such as cancer, and to bacterial and viral infections