Pancreas Transplant

Referral and Listing:

If you are a physician and feel that your patient has end-stage organ disease and could benefit from an additional assessment, you may refer him or her for a consultation with the Multi-Organ Transplant Program (MOTP) at London Health Science Centre (LHSC). Patients may be referred from the London region, the province of Ontario, or from across Canada.

Please note: As a result of the ongoing shortage of donated organs, the MOTP can only offer transplantation services to patients who are full-time residents of Canada (Canadian citizens or those with landed immigrant status) who have current coverage with the provincial health insurance plan (OHIP).

The MOTP offers pancreas transplantation as well as pancreas after kidney transplantation.

If you are an Endocrinologist with a potential patient, please review the Pancreas Transplant Alone Referral form.

If you are a Nephrologist with a potential patient, please review the Pancreas After Kidney Transplant Referral form.

The process for work-up assessment is similar for all our kidney, pancreas, and kidney-pancreas patients.

High BMI can pose a surgical risk to a patient undergoing transplantation: see BMI Guidelines.

Smoking is not an absolute contraindication to transplant, except in conditions of PVD, CAD, or pulmonary disease in which smoking is linked to increased mortality and can affect survival of the transplant: see Smoking Cessation Guidelines.

LHSC Guidelines and Protocols:

The following guidelines and protocols were developed by LHSC's Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Team and are specific to the care of LHSC pancreas recipients. They may not be applicable to candidates being assessed by other centres.

The following are guidelines and listing guidelines and a standard referral form as developed by Ontario's Trillium Gift of Life Network and Ontario's Kidney Transplant Programs.

 

Medication Information:

The following include information sheets for all common transplant medications used at LHSC. Recipients are provided with this information following their transplant. The LHSC Transplant Pharmacist is available to answer any further questions and can be contacted by email at transplantmeds@lhsc.on.ca. For urgent issues, any member of the team can be contacted through the hospital switchboard, 519-685-8500.

 

Patient Resources:

The following are some of the resources provided to LHSC pancreas transplant recipients during their assessment, waiting and post-operative transplant periods. A list of all patient resources can be found under Patient Resources.