I nearly had cadaver transplantation done. It was in Las Vegas tho about 10 years ago. It was a research thing.
there are 2 major problems which is why I changed my mind.
1. The immuno supressants that you must take for the rest of your life are much harder on your body than diabetes is.
2. You liver takes up the transplanted cells. you liver will become scarred and could cause damage to it. It also prevents you from getting another transplant further down the road. Once sufficiently scarred the surface area of your liver will not allow new islets to adhere.
transplanting directly to a pancreas will have the same scarring effect if you could be sure they would stay there.
This newer idea is supposed to be directed into the pancreas but from what I have read the cells are still more likely to grow on your liver anyway. Also The newest research about the immune response in diabetics is that it never goes away.
The success rate is only about 20%. That is according to the ACP ( american college of psysicians) study abstract from 2009. That is why they say it is not a cure and just improves glycemic control, that is code for we can only hope to offer 20% success at best.
I read that most diabetics still produce islet cells and that they are killed off as fast as they can be regenerated.
T here have been studies with people who take large doses of vaccine which can interupt the immune response and many of the test subjects regained islet function with no transplant or stemcells or anything.
We need to solve the immuno response first.
It is too risky in my opinion.
i would like to speak to anyone who has had it done and find out how they feel and see what the end results are.