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Published on Nov 2, 2009
On Sep. 13, Professor Han Dukjongs team in the Department of Surgery at AMC successfully performed a simultaneous deceased donor pancreas and living donor kidney transplant for a patient on dialysis due to extreme diabetic complications.
There were cases of a simultaneous deceased donor kidney and pancreas transplant and a simultaneous living donor kidney and pancreas transplant. But this simultaneous living donor kidney and deceased donor pancreas transplant was the first of its kind in Korea. Normally, it takes about 5-6 years to receive a deceased donor kidney transplant, 1-2 years for a deceased donor pancreas transplant, and 3-4 years for a simultaneous deceased donor pancreas and kidney transplant.
This simultaneous transplant is significant in that it eliminated the need for two separate surgeries and reduced the waiting time through receiving a kidney from a family member and pancreas from a deceased donor at the same time.
Professor Han Dukjong / Department of Surgery Simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplants enable patients with severe diabetes to lead a normal, comfortable life by eliminating the need for dialysis, daily insulin injections and strict diets. It is expected to dramatically increase the survival rates and improve the quality of life.
The feat achieved by Professor Hans team will serve as a watershed in diabetes treatment, giving hope to diabetic patients suffering from extreme complications and requiring daily insulin injections and dialysis.Professor Han performed the nations first simultaneous deceased donor pancreas-kidney transplant in July 1992, and succeeded first simultaneous living donor pancreas-kidney transplant in Jan. 2006. Last year October, he performed 100th pancreas transplant for a patient suffering with diabetic complication, thus marking 70% of all cases performed in Korea.