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What to Expect

​​​​​​You will be given a date and time for a follow-up appointment to see your transplant doctor and nurse coordinator in clinic. Generally, patients are seen within a week after discharge but this can vary slightly, depending on your post-operative course in hospital, length of stay and general health. We initially see our new transplant patients every 1 – 2 weeks in clinic. Clinics become less frequent as your health stabilizes over time.

It is important to attend all scheduled appointments, as routine clinic assessment is an essential part of your follow-up.  If you need to change your appointment, please call Easy Call 416 351 0793 + your PIN #, at least 72 hours in advance. Missed appointments or "No Shows" will be documented in your chart.


What to Bring

  • List of all medications you are currently taking
    This includes prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamin or mineral supplements and herbal remedies.

  • List of all medications that require renewal prescriptions
    This includes all prescription medications.

  • Record of any changes
    Make notes about any changes in your condition that you've noticed since your last visit and bring these notes to show your doctor.

  • A trusted friend or family member
    A friend or family member can give you emotional support and can help you make good choices. They can also help you gather information, take notes and ask questions.

  • List of doctors and hospitals
    Bring a list of doctors you have seen in the past and who may have information about your blood work. Also bring the names of the hospitals where you have been treated as well as the contact information.

  • Contact Information
    Once you are further out from your transplant date, it is important to keep us updated with any changes to your personal information, new family doctor, change in pharmacy etc.

  • Questions to ask
    Bring a list of questions to your appointment to help you remember everything you want to ask.​

When You Arrive

The first person you meet at the Pancreas Transplant Clinic is the receptionist. To sign in with the receptionist you will need your health card (OHIP card). If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license, passport, or other provincial health card).

We will review the following in clinic:

  • We will ensure your medications and medication list match with the list in your chart. We will assess for side effects and effectiveness of these medications. 
  • We will adjust medications if required.
  • Review your most recent blood work.
  • Review any questions or concerns you may have.
  • Physical assessment to assess fluid retention, wound healing, blood pressure etc.
  • Staples are usually removed 3 weeks after surgery.
  • Review the plan of care until your next clinic appointment.

Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire

You will be given a form to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have.

The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you chose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.

Learn more about Health Equity at UHN.

How Long Will Your Appointment Be?

First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. After your visit, you will likely go to the Blood Collection Lab for blood tests.

Follow-up appointments usually take from 15 –​ 30 minutes.

We do everything that we can to stay on time. Unfortunately, your appointment may be delayed by unforeseen circumstances. We recommend that you come prepared for delays.