A colleague’s wife has a history of acute pancreatitis. After a successful surgery, her pancreas completely stopped producing insulin. Hence she developed diabetes and became dependent on insulin substitutes. Hence, the best available option for her is a pancreas transplant. Though available and accessible nowadays, is transplant a better option is a matter of debate.
The cost post transplant
A boy of 2 was suffering from congenital heart disease. Doctors at an esteemed hospital operated on the child and transplanted his heart. Post surgery, the child recovered really well. But the immune suppressants and other medicines that the boy will have to take life long comes with a bigger price tag. The boy’s father is a daily wage worker. When 3 meals per day itself is a luxury, affording such expensive medicines is far from his reach.
A transplant survivor should take multiple medicines to keep going normally. Though they lead a normal life, they are highly dependent on medication. A heart transplant survivor will need medicines worth 20 thousand Indian rupees per month. This is half the price for kidney transplants.
In case of pancreas transplant, the steroids and other medicines might just bring back diabetes in due course. Hence, pancreas transplant is definitely not a feasible solution for diabetics. They shouldn’t be trading insulin shots for a bigger series of complications. So, before thinking transplant as an option it’s better to know life after it.