Just as it is said that the heart is the center of the circulatory system of the body, our liver heads the chemical processing system of our body. It contributes towards all metabolic processes, has a significant role in digestion and synthesizing of important proteins and enzymes, and plays a crucial role in blood clotting too. Did you also know that the liver is the largest organ of our body?
Thus, it is obvious that a human body needs a health liver to function rightly and that it cannot live without it. Although the liver has self-healing capabilities wherein it replaces damaged tissues with new cells, there are cases wherein the damage to the liver cannot be reversed and medical intervention is needed. This is when a liver transplant is spoken about. In very simple terms, a liver transplant is an operation that replaces a patient’s unhealthy liver with a whole or partial healthy liver from another person. It is generally a last-resort measure for chronic and severe acute liver diseases.
Liver transplants are done when all other measures for treating the liver aren’t enough to keep the person alive.
Typical cases that warrant a liver transplant are:
Finding a suitable donor includes finding a matchon the following aspects:
It is crucial that once on the list, a patient should maintain good health by eating nutritious food, exercising well and by undergoing regular checkups and other preventive measures. This is important because the wait time for finding the right donor can be a long one. There are 3 types of donors that doctors essentially scout for:
Do note that in none of the above cases, does the gender or the race of the donor impact the patient/recipient in any way. It is gender/ physical attributes agnostic procedure.
Possible risks and complications post-transplant include:
As much as there is hope and optimism, it is crucial that patients and their families understand the process in detail, appreciate the challenges that are generally faced and learn to recognize symptoms that need to be escalated to the doctor at an urgent basis. Its reassuring to know there are few hospitals in India that leave no stone unturned in keeping all up to speed by doing the right diagnosis, having detailed discussions with the patients and their families to explain the procedure in detail and then performing transplants with international standards of accuracy and success rate.
Fortis has one of the largest and most comprehensive organ transplant programs in India with excellent medical care and facilities for pre and post-transplant management. Their liver care and transplantation team is led by the esteemed Dr. Yashvanth Kumar, Dr. Sumana Kolar Ramachandra and Dr. Mahesh Gopasetty. With a combined experience of more than 25 years, they have successfully performed over 2000 transplants. They have commendable expertise in all types of liver transplants (living and deceased donor), pediatric liver transplants, pancreas transplants and complex liver surgeries. They are also adept at delivering the best care for all benign diseases and cancers of the liver, biliary track and the pancreas.
With 56 hospitals across the nation and over 10,000 beds, Fortis Healthcare Limited is a leading integrated healthcare delivery service provider in India. For over 26 years, Fortis Hospitals have been committed to the cause of getting people back to their lives faster and stronger.