After performing India’s first Uterus transplant surgery, Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar wants to focus on intestinal and pancreas transplant in future. Puntambekar, Director of Galaxy Care Hospital, now eyes at transplants of non-vital organs to become a movement.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra Puntambekar said, “We are currently practicing intestinal transplant on cadaver and our next focus is to apply to the Maharashtra health department to conduct a surgery on the same. After intestine we also want to focus on pancreas transplant in future.”
He added, “An organ transplant from cadaver under non-vital organ category happens mostly in cornea and skin, leaving most of the other non-vital organs as a waste. Under the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, a state government committee evaluates and grants permission for different organ donations under different categories.”
Uterus was not mentioned in the permitted organ transplants list by the state government until the Pune medical team applied for the same, which otherwise included heart, kidney and liver.
He further added, “We are the first one to seek permission from state government for uterus transplants. State government will grant permission if doctors come forward and apply under different category. Now, uterus is also included in the list. Similarly, once we apply for intestine, it will also get included in the list.”
“If we can perform successful intestine transplant, those patients whose intestine have become non-functional will be able to pass their stool in natural way. There are many patients suffering from cancer and cannot pass their stool in a natural way. Now, what is the fault of the patient if his/her intestine has become non-functional? Medical science can give them a chance to live better life,” he added.
He said, “We should lead the revolution in non-vital organ transplants. These organs are otherwise a waste, then why should we not give a chance to those who does not have these organs or whose organs have become non-functional. There is need for the doctors to come forward and perform organ transplants under different category. There will be critics, but science progresses more by opposition than by appreciation.”