nt into congestive heart failure,” Jim says. “That was a big signal that I needed to do something.”
After more than a week in a hospital in Madison, he came home and saw Shah, who said he would need a heart and kidney transplant, followed by a pancreas transplant.
“He described the heart and the kidneys as the targets of diabetes, and the pancreas as the trigger. Just addressing the target, without eliminating the trigger, would have created a situation that could jeopardize the new organs,” Jim recalls.
The first transplants were performed in November 2005. J. Louis Cohen, M.D., surgical director of Kidney Transplantation and medical director of Operating Room Services, headed the kidney transplant team. Alfredo Trento, M.D., chair of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery performed the heart transplant, and Lawrence S.C. Czer, medical director of the Heart Transplant Program and director of Transplantation Cardiology, served as Jim’s primary cardiologist.
Two specialists joining Cedars-Sinai, one in 2005 and one in 2006, also became members of Jim’s medical team: cardiologist Ernst R. Schwarz, M.D., Ph.D., who specializes in several aspects of cardiology, including cardiac transplantation; and Donald C. Dafoe, M.D., director of Pancreas Transplantation.
Pancreas transplantation is a relatively new development in the field. It is fairly uncommon and usually performed only in conjunction with a kidney transplant. Dafoe is one of the nation’s leading pancreas transplant surgeons.
Jim’s operations and recoveries have gone so well that he expects to be golfing and working out by January. Since November, he has returned to work two or three days a week.
“When Dr. Dafoe came out of surgery to talk to my family and friends in the waiting area, he said, ‘I’m happy to report that Jim Stavis is no longer a diabetic,’” says the owner of a metal fabricating and distributing company in Long Beach. “That in itself is quitePage: 1 2 3 Related medicine news :1
. Stem Cell Transplants May Be Effective For MS Patients2
. Drugs Deter Heart Disease for Transplant Patients3
. Better Drug for Heart Transplant4
. Kidney Failure after Non-Kidney Transplants5
. Measles Risk in Transplant Patients6
. Transplants Help Liver Cancer Patients7
. Steroid-Free Liver Transplants8
. Pancreas Transplant for Diabetics9
. Reducing The Risk Of Fractures After a Heart Transplant10
. A Urine Test Could Predict Rejection In Transplant Patients 11
. Thawed Ovarian Transplant