Artificial pancreas is an effective device for automatically controlling the blood glucose levels in the body. It works like a human pancreas and releases insulin as a response to the blood glucose levels that keep changing. The device has a sensor, CGM and insulin pump.
The sensor checks the blood glucose levels in the body and send the reading to CGM which calculates the amount of insulin needed to pump in the body. The CGM automatically pumps the needed amount in the body through insulin pump. This treatment is very effective for people having Type 1 diabetes.
The cost of insulin pumps is Rs. 2-3 Lakhs and cost of cannula set is around Rs. 1000 which needs to be replaced at an interval of every 2-3 days.
This will require to get your blood sugar levels checked twice or thrice to adjust the Cgms and the cost of this is around Rs 1 – 1.5 Lakhs for buying a precise monitor for regularly monitoring the blood sugar levels.
So the overall price of this device is Rs. 5 – 6 Lakhs which also involves a recurring monthly expense of Rs. 10,000 – 20,000. But these pumps do come with a warranty. The doctors have said that it is cost-effective compared to the cost of pancreas transplant and related treatment.
In India, Narayana Multispecialty Hospital in Hyderabad was the first hospital to offer artificial pancreas treatment. There the treatment procedure costs Rs. 4,000 for each session and normally a minimum of 10 sessions are needed to see improvement.
There is a company named Medtronic which has its healthcare named Medtronic Innovation Centre which is located in Mumbai that makes insulin pumps and have a complete support system made.
Fortis is a hospital in Gurgaon, Haryana that has a special centre for diabetic patients which has insulin pumps and continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) for controlling the blood glucose levels.
Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities centre provides insulin pump therapy to their diabetic patients. It has clinics in many states like Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Odisha, Delhi, Kerala, Hyderabad, Uttar Pradesh and Kolkata.
The Apollo Children’s Hospital has a specialized Insulin Pump clinic for the children with Type 1 diabetes. They launched this clinic on Children’s day in 2014.
Jothydev’s Diabetes and Research Center in Kerala is another centre which is a certified Minimized Medtronic “International Pump Centre of Excellence” in India which provides insulin pump treatments to its patients.
Dr. Dalal’s clinic in Mumbai provides insulin pump therapy to their clients to control the blood glucose levels effectively.
You can also order insulin pumps online from various online websites. But you should be very careful while ordering them. It is important that the product is FDA approved.
A proper research should be done which includes the product ratings, reviews, company image and the count of other customers that have bought it. You can also consult the doctor about which brand’s insulin pumps you should use and accordingly order it online.