Penn Transplant Institute

Post-Pancreas Transplant Surgery

Following pancreas transplant surgery, patients are taken to the surgical intensive care unit ICU. When they awaken, they are attached to special equipment including a ventilator that helps them breathe, and several tubes and drains to remove fluid from the body. 

Advances in anti-rejection medications have led to shorter hospital stays and improved outcomes following pancreas transplantation. The current average length of stay for a pancreas transplant at Penn is seven to ten days.