Islet

The Freeman Hospital is one of only seven specially-designated islet transplant centres in the UK.

In this procedure, a donated pancreas is processed to remove most of the cells (responsible for making digestive juice) leaving only the islands (or islets) of hormone-producing cells. The majority of these cells produce insulin, which means that islet transplantation provides an alternative to transplantation of the whole pancreas for people with type 1 diabetes complicated by recurrent severe hypoglycaemia (low sugar reaction).

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