At the time, I was going into end stage renal failure in 1994. Just by a miracle when I was scheduling for Dialysis ( to get the stints put in 1996.), they call me 1 hour later and said that they found a donor for me. It took 6 hours to perform the surgery and I had no complications at all. The kidney and pancreas began working right away!
I have not had any of the major side effects of the immuno- supressive drugs, ( Cellcept or Prograf)
It did cure my diabetes for 11 years, as the pancreas stop functioning about 3 years ago. But the Kidney is still doing well. At that time I did not have to take any insulin in the 11 years and also reverse some of the complications that I was having, such as: Gastroparesis. I have not had any heart or nerve issues. Have had laser surgery on my eyes a few times and just recently, cataract surgery for both eyes.
Stanford was the one that recommended to me to have a double transplant, as they felt it would be a disadvantage to have a kidney only and still have diabetes. Back then, the pancreas was experimental at the time.
Today I was just approved to have a another Pancreas transplant at the Univ of Chicago Medical Center. I am currently on the Revel insulin pump and had had very good control of my diabetes, but really looking forward to being insulin free again! If you like to discuss more in detail, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call me at 702-575-8037.