India's First Simultaneous Kidney & Pancreas, Liver Transplant Successful

by Hannah Joy on  June 30, 2017 at 7:23 PM Hospital News
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A team of doctors successfully transplanted kidney & pancreas, alongside liver transplantation on different patients at Sahyadri Speciality Hospital Deccan Gymkhana.
India's First Simultaneous Kidney & Pancreas, Liver Transplant Successful
India's First Simultaneous Kidney & Pancreas, Liver Transplant Successful

For the first time in Western India, a single centre has performed kidney & pancreas transplant and liver transplant simultaneously on different patients. This was the second kidney and pancreas transplant conducted in the state of Maharashtra and also marked the 50th liver transplant by Sahyadri Hospitals.

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After a 41 year old accident victim was declared brain dead, the ZTCC Pune gave the necessary permissions to harvest his organs which saved lives of 3 patients. The victim's kidney and pancreas were transplanted to a 27 year old IT professional from Chennai who was suffering from renal failure and severe diabetes which had damaged his kidney.

The liver was transplanted to a 62 year old patient from Baramati who was suffering from chronic liver disease. Both these transplant surgeries began at 8 am at Sahyadri Speciality Hospital Deccan Gymkhana and were completed by 5 pm.

Dr. Bipin Vibhute, multi-organ transplant & hepatobiliary surgeon, Sahyadri Hospitals said, "Diabetes is one of the most common problems in India and can affect various organs. Replacing kidney and pancreas is one of the most useful solution, however, pancreas transplant are still rare in India. There is an immediate need to promote pancreas transplant as it eliminates problems by optimally controlling sugar levels and by protecting the transplanted kidney from the adverse effects of diabetes. Additionally, it will also help reverse the effects of diabetes on other systems including peripheral neuropathy thus, protecting the limbs."

Dr Anil Vaidya, pancreas transplant surgeon said, "The 27 year old kidney and pancreas recipient developed kidney failure about 2 years ago requiring dialysis 3 times a week. However, the patient is doing well after the transplant and is completely relieved of his insulin intake and dialysis. We are constantly monitoring his progress."

Simultaneous Kidney-Pancreas transplant is an operation to replace kidney and pancreas at the same time in a patient who has kidney failure and also suffers from diabetes, needing very high insulin dose to control sugars.

Dr Sachin Patil, Nephrologist, Sahyadri Hospitals said "Kidney - Pancreas transplants are mostly useful for type-1 diabetics with serious complications and type-2 diabetics who needs a new kidney. At least 80% of the patients who undergo such a transplant are cured of diabetes."

27 Year old Kidney & Pancreas Transplant Recipient from Chennai said, "I was diagnosed with diabetes 7 years ago and was constantly suffering due to the same. Sahyadri Hospitals helped me recovered within 8 days of the transplant surgery. My family and I were hopeful and now very happy, thanks to all the expert doctors present at Sahyadri Hospitals. I look forward to resuming my normal life now."

The complex transplant surgeries were performed with the help of various speciality doctors including multi-organ transplant surgeons - Dr. Bipin Vibhute, Dr. Anil Vaidya, Dr. Dinesh Zirpe, Dr. Sharan Narute & Dr. Abhijeet Mane, transplant Anaesthetists - Dr. Manish Phatak & Dr. Dinesh Babu, Nephrologist - Dr. Sachin Patil & Hepatologist, Gastroenterologist - Dr. Sandeep Kulkarni. Transplant coordinators - Mr. Arun Ashokan & Mr. Rahul Tambe and Medical Social Worker Ms. Sharmila Padhye were also part of this team.

About Sahyadri Hospitals:

Sahyadri Hospitals is the largest chain of hospitals in Maharashtra with 9 hospitals across three cities of Pune, Nashik, and Karad. Founded by Dr. Charudutt Apte, a renowned neurosurgeon, Sahyadri Hospitals was conceived with an aim to make healthcare Available, Accessible, and Accountable. The hospital chain has over 900 Beds, 1200 Clinicians and 2300 Support Staff providing round the clock healthcare.

Source: Medindia

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