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First simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant in S'pore

Published on Oct 18, 2012 3:03 PM

The first simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant in Singapore was successfully carried out last month by a team of surgeons from the National University Hospital (NUH) and Singapore General Hospital (SGH).

The patient, a 29-year-old Singaporean male, was suffering from Type 1 diabetes and renal failure and had been on insulin for over 15 years. He had also been on dialysis for over a year and had been on the waiting lists for both pancreas and kidney transplants since August last year.

The five-and-a-half hour surgery was led by Associate Professor Krishnakumar Madhavan, Director of NUH's Adult Liver and Pancreas Transplantation Programme, and performed together with Dr Victor Lee, Director, Pancreas Transplant and Consultant, Department of General Surgery, SGH; and Dr Tiong Ho Yee, Director, Kidney Surgery and Transplantation, NUH.

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