Waiting for Islet Transplant

After being listed for transplant, it is your responsibility to make sure you can be reached at any time. We recommend that listed patients keep a pager or cell phone on their person at all times.

Patients may be called at any time of the day or night and must be able to come to the hospital as soon as possible. Patients waiting for transplant must have transportation to the hospital available at all times and have people ready to take over responsibilities at home and work.

The Call

When a donor becomes available, a transplant coordinator will contact you about a possible transplant. You'll be given instructions for arriving at and checking into the hospital.

You will continue to check blood sugars as usual and will get instructions on when to refrain from eating in anticipation of surgery. After checking in at the hospital, you'll be given an IV for medications. Final testing is done to ensure that you are healthy enough to undergo the transplant procedure. These tests may include blood and urine tests, an EKG, chest X-ray, and a health history and physical exam. You will also sign a consent form for the procedure.

It is possible that you may be called into the hospital multiple times before actually receiving your islet transplant.