Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people. In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Mayo Clinic pancreas and kidney doctors and surgeons work with a multidisciplinary team to determine the most appropriate treatment for you. They have expertise treating people in many areas of pancreas transplantation, including those listed below.

  • Solitary pancreas transplant
  • Pancreas transplant including for people with type 2 diabetes
  • Combined or simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplant
  • Pancreas-after-kidney transplant

Nearly all pancreas transplants involve a deceased donor pancreas, though it is possible for a living donor to donate part of a pancreas.

Mayo Clinic has one of the largest and most experienced practices in the United States, with campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. Staff skilled in dozens of specialties work together to ensure quality care and successful recovery.

Find doctors and medical staff:

Arizona doctors by specialty

Abdominal transplant surgery (kidney, pancreas, and liver transplant surgeries)

Kidney and pancreas transplant medicine

Florida doctors by specialty

Kidney and pancreas transplant

Kidney specialists
Surgeons

Minnesota doctors by specialty

Kidney and pancreas transplant

Kidney transplant specialists
Kidney and pancreas transplant surgeons

Mayo Clinic is a leader in pancreas transplantation, performing more than 50 each year.

Our surgeons are experts in helping people with complex health needs. These include people who need both a pancreas and kidney transplant, select patients with type 2 diabetes and treated HIV, and those who could benefit from islet cell transplantation. Islet transplants give you needed insulin-producing wells without removing your pancreas and are available only through FDA-approved clinical trials.

Mayo Clinic surgeons have performed hundreds of successful pancreas transplants since 1987 and contributed to the science of transplantation, making pancreas transplants safer and available to more people.

Pancreas transplant outcomes at Mayo Clinic compare favorably with the national average.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's quality rankings.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for diabetes and endocrinology in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., is ranked highly performing for diabetes and endocrinology by U.S. News & World Report.

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Mayo Clinic scientists, doctors and surgeons develop pancreas, kidney and islet transplant advances that make transplants safer and available to more people. They are also developing an artificial pancreas that could significantly improve the quality of life for people with type 1 diabetes and someday provide an alternative to pancreas transplant.

Mayo's teams conduct laboratory studies, clinical trials and other clinical research on every aspect of conditions related to pancreas, kidney and islet transplants. They often collaborate with others centers nationwide and abroad, sharing their advances to improve patient care everywhere.

Read more about the many kidney, pancreas and islet transplant research studies supported by the Transplant Research Center.

Publications

See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic authors on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of Mayo Clinic transplant patients.

Pancreas transplant costs and insurance information

Mayo Clinic has dedicated transplant financial services representatives and social workers who can assist you with insurance and financial questions regarding your transplant.

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. Many insurance companies require you to get preapproval authorization prior to transplant services.

Insurance information

Before your transplant, it's important that you work closely with your insurance company to understand your benefit plan. You'll be responsible for any of your transplant and medical care costs not covered by your insurance company.

You may want to ask your insurance company several questions regarding your transplant expenses, including:

  • What is the specific coverage of my plan? What are my deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, lifetime maximum amount, and annual maximum amounts for both medical care and transplant services?
  • Does my plan have a pre-existing or waiting period clause? If so, what is the time frame? Can this be waived?
  • Does my plan include pharmacy coverage? If so, will my plan cover my current medications and immunosuppressant medications?
  • Does my plan require any special approvals for evaluation or transplant? How long does the approval process take once submitted to insurance?
  • Does my plan cover my transportation and lodging expenses during my transplant care?
  • Does my current insurance require enrollment in Medicare when eligible?
  • Does my insurance follow Medicare Coordination of Benefits guidelines?
  • How will my current coverage change after enrolling in Medicare? Will my plan become a supplemental or secondary plan?

If your plan is a Medicare supplement, ask questions including:

  • Does my plan follow Medicare guidelines?
  • Does my plan cover Medicare Part A and B deductible and coinsurance?
  • Does my plan have a pre-existing or waiting period? If so, what is the time frame?
  • Does my plan offer an option for Medicare Part D coverage?

Other expenses

Please plan for other expenses that may occur related to your transplant, which may include follow-up medical appointments, long-term medications, caregiver expenses, travel, parking, lodging and other expenses.

For international patients

Mayo Clinic has dedicated international patient account representatives who can assist you with questions regarding your costs and insurance. Read more about international financial services.

Case managers

Mayo Clinic financial staff will work closely with your case managers from your insurance company. Your case manager, who is assigned to you, is available to answer questions and calls related to your insurance costs.

People with type 1 diabetes often may be candidates for a pancreas transplant. Some people with type 2 diabetes and post-total pancreatectomy diabetes may be eligible for a pancreas transplant.

Doctors recommend pancreas transplants for people with diabetes to:

  • Reduce or eliminate the risk of severe low blood sugar reactions
  • Eliminate the need for insulin injections
  • Potentially prevent or improve diabetes complications
  • Improve quality of life

Your transplant team will evaluate you to determine whether a pancreas transplant may be safe and beneficial for you. Your comprehensive evaluation includes blood tests, imaging studies and other tests. Doctors will check you for other serious conditions, including heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease, cancer, foot or leg ulcers, and significant insulin resistance.

Volumes and outcomes

Mayo Clinic doctors' experience and integrated team approach results in transplant outcomes that compare favorably with national averages. Teams work with transplant recipients before, during and after surgery to ensure the greatest likelihood of superior results.

Volumes and statistics are maintained separately for the three Mayo Clinic locations. Taken together or separately, transplant patients at Mayo Clinic enjoy excellent results.

Volumes

Arizona

A total of 13 kidney-pancreas and 3 solitary pancreas transplants were performed at Mayo Clinic in Arizona in 2017. More than 295 of these two types of pancreas transplants have been performed since the program began in 2003.

Florida

Mayo Clinic in Florida has completed 43 solitary pancreas transplants and more than 115 simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplants since 2000.

Minnesota

Since 1987, Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has completed more than 500 pancreas transplants, including 131 solitary pancreas transplants, 211 simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplants and 159 pancreas-after-kidney transplants.

Outcomes

Each of the links below connects to an external site, the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, which provides many metrics gathered from transplant programs across the United States.

Pancreas Transplant — Adult

Kidney/Pancreas Transplant — Adult

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References
  1. Barbara Woodward Lips Patient Education Center. Pancreas transplant. Rochester, Minn.: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; 2013.
  2. U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News Best Hospitals 2015-16. http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings. Accessed Feb. 22, 2016.
  3. Robertson RP. Pancreas and islet cell transplantation in diabetes mellitus. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed April 7, 2016.
  4. Klein C, et al. Benefits and complications associated with kidney-pancreas transplantation in diabetes mellitus. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed April 7, 2016.
  5. Barbara Woodward Lips Patient Education Center. Planning for your transplant: A financial guide. Rochester, Minn.: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; 2014.
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