Liver Transplant Surgery in India
Liver transplantation is the second most commonly performed organ transplant surgery after kidney transplant. As liver is the power house of body and regulates many functions, it is one of the most important organs of the body.
Through this blog we bring to you some of the frequently asked questions about liver transplant surgery:
What is Liver Transplant Surgery?
Liver transplant surgery is transplantation of a diseased liver with a healthy liver taken out from another person. In most of the liver transplant procedures the liver is taken from a deceased donor although it may come from a living donor also.
Since there are a large number of people who are waiting for new livers than the number of donors, so liver transplant is reserved for critically ill people. Although some get a chance to get the transplant done right away, many have to wait for months altogether for a liver transplant.
Why is a liver transplant done?
Liver transplant is done in people who have end stage liver failure which has reached a stage where it cannot be controlled by any other treatment. It may also be done in some people with liver cancer. Liver failure can occur within weeks or can take several months or years.
Who requires a liver transplant surgery?
Liver transplant is needed in patients who have failing liver. Following are some of the causes that lead to liver failure and thus require a liver transplant:
- Liver cirrhosis
- Early stage liver cancer
- Biliary duct atresia
- Cystic fibrosis
- Primary biliary cirrhosis
- Primary sclerosing cholangitis
- Wilsons disease
What are the common types of liver transplant surgery?
There are mainly two types of liver transplant:
Deceased liver transplant – It involves transplantation of liver from a person who has recently died.
Living donor liver transplant – In this type of liver transplant, a section of liver is taken out from a living donor and is used for transplant. Since liver can regenerate on its own, so both the transplanted liver and remaining section of liver grow into a normal sized liver.
What are the expected results out of a liver transplant surgery?
The expected results of liver transplant are satisfying. One is expected to get back to regular lifestyle after six months of liver transplant. Liver transplant patients lead a healthy life if they are put on a healthy diet, a good exercise regime and on medication.
How would be the recovery like after a liver transplant?
After your liver transplant, you would be kept in ICU for 5-6 days after which you would be shifted to your room and kept under observation for 3 weeks. During this period you would be checked for any infection, bleeding or liver rejection. There would be some pain and discomfort which would be taken care of by medication. You would also be taught to take care of yourself once you go back home and would be given medication for your new liver.
Initially immunosuppressants would be given so as to prevent chances of liver rejection. Alongside this some antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal medication would be given so as to prevent any infection during the time of suppression of immune system.
It may take long to recover from a liver transplant. During the course of your recovery, the aim would be to build up your health and fitness. It may take upto 6 months for you to recover completely after which you can resume your daily activities.
How much does a liver transplant cost?
Liver transplant is quite an expensive procedure. In western countries like USA, UK, Canada, the cost of liver transplant skyrockets from US $250,000 – $314,000 whereas in India the cost of liver transplant at an equally good hospital facility costs about $35,000-$40,000 which is a fraction of what you would pay for liver transplant in the west.
Why should you choose IndiCure for your Liver Transplant Surgery in India?
IndiCure is the most trusted medical travel partner that has been arranging liver transplant surgery at best liver transplant hospitals in India. The cost of liver transplants in India is much lower in India as compared to other European countries. Besides cost, the expertise of surgeons in India for liver transplant is on par with the skills of the surgeons in western countries. Many of our highly experienced surgeons have been trained at the best medical schools the world over. They are highly skilled and have been performing liver transplants with a lot of dexterity and precision.
Having served hundreds of patients from all over the world, IndiCure understands your requirements well and gives best of health care services to medical tourists coming from all over the world to India.
What is the procedure to get liver transplantation done in India with IndiCure?
In India, the laws for organ transplant are very strict and prohibit any commercial transaction for organ transplant. For liver transplantation, the government of India allows only blood relatives to donate liver. If a foreigner wants to donate liver, special permission is to be taken from the government or embassy official of the country of origin to certify the relationship between donor and recipient.
To get a liver transplant surgery in India with us you will have to follow below mentioned steps:
Step 1 – Identify donor in your country. Preferably he should be a close relative of the recipient.
Step 2 – Investigate donor-patient compatibility in your country. If it’s not done in your country, the investigations would be done in India.
Step 3 – Once compatibility is confirmed, donor-patient operability is investigated.
Step 4 – Upon above confirmations and completion of documents for liver transplant surgery in India, liver transplantation in India will be done.
To know more about Liver Transplant Surgery and to get a free consultation with our expert liver transplant surgeon in India, write at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +91 98184 62127 or +91 93200 36777 or talk to us at Skype@Indicure.