Type 1 Diabetes: Living With Complications - Surgery
Some complications from
type 1 diabetes may need surgical treatment. For
example, surgery to remove the
vitreous gel (vitrectomy) may improve eye disease
information, see the topics:
- Diabetic Retinopathy.
- Diabetic Nephropathy.
- Diabetic Neuropathy.
For more information on heart and blood vessel disease,
see the topics:
- Coronary Artery Disease.
- Heart Attack and Unstable Angina.
- Peripheral Arterial Disease of the Legs.
If you have kidney damage from diabetes and are considering
a kidney transplant , you may be eligible for surgery to replace your pancreas
(pancreas transplant ) at the same time. In either case, you need to meet specific
criteria to be considered for the surgery.
The only other surgery
for type 1 diabetes is the insertion of working pancreas cells (islet cell
transplant) into your body. Islet cell transplant surgery is experimental at
this time, and you also need to meet specific criteria.
- Pancreas Transplant Surgery for Diabetes
- Pancreatic Islet Cell Transplantation for Diabetes
What To Think About
Pancreas and islet cell
transplants are very expensive. After having one of these surgeries, you must
take immunosuppressive medicines to keep your body from rejecting the new
The success rate for pancreas transplants is improving
because of new surgical techniques and new medicines. But islet cell
transplants may replace pancreas transplants in the future.11 People with complications from diabetes aren't always
eligible for islet cell transplants.