Islet transplant

lilbit3433
By lilbit3433 Latest Reply 2010-06-23 13:36:45 -0500
Started 2010-03-07 14:35:09 -0600

I have recently been talking to my doc about Islet transplantation…has anyone had it done or talked to their doc about it? It seems too good to be true


4 replies

kathy7
kathy7 2010-06-17 20:39:04 -0500 Report

I had an islet cell transplant at the U. of Minnesota in 2008. I no longer use insulin and feel great. I do take immunosuppressants, but at the moment, have no side effects. It is a great experience and feels like the cure.

Kim-islet transplant
Kim-islet transplant 2010-06-10 17:58:32 -0500 Report

I received an islet cell transplant through a clinical trial from The Chicago Diabetes Project in 2005 and it changed my life forever. I have been insulin free now for 5 yrs with normal A1c's. This treatment is available but currently only through clinical trials.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2010-06-12 22:26:23 -0500 Report

My bride needs triple transplants - heart, lungs, kidney but is unable due to her lupis/sle, so she's probably unable to have islet transplant. Do you have to take anti-rejection meds?

kathy7
kathy7 2010-06-23 13:36:45 -0500 Report

Yes, you do or your body will reject the transplant immediately. I am on Sirolimus and Tacrolimus. They have a few minor side effects, but it is very worth it to not need insulin.