Diabetic patient gets a new lease of life after kidney and pancreas transplant

This was the second kidney and pancreas transplant conducted in the state of Maharashtra. A diabetic patient who was suffering from a kidney failure underwent kidney and pancreas transplant. However, pancreas transplant are still rare in India. There is an immediate need to promote pancreas transplant

Diabetic patient gets a new lease of life after kidney and pancreas transplant

After a 41 year-old accident victim was declared brain dead. The victim’s kidney and pancreas were transplanted to a 27-year-old IT professional Bhagavata, 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 took place at Sahyadri Speciality Hospital Deccan Gymkhana.

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.

Kidney and pancreas transplant recipient Bhagavata Ratna tells, “I was diagnosed with diabetes seven years ago and was constantly suffering due to the same. Sahyadri Hospitals helped me recovered within eight days of the transplant surgery.

“The 27-year-old kidney and pancreas recipient developed kidney failure about two years ago, and required dialysis, thrice a week. The patient is doing well after the transplant and is completely relieved from insulin intake and dialysis,” informed, Dr Anil Vaidya, Pancreas Transplant Surgeon.

Dr Bipin Vibhute, Multi-organ Transplant and Hepatobiliary surgeon, Sahyadri Hospitals explained, “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 solutions. However, pancreas transplant are still rare in India. There is an immediate need to promote pancreas transplant. 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. There are no diet restrictions. The patient is on normal diet. After the procedure sugar is monitored. There are no additional tests after procedure.”

“My family and I were hopeful and now we are very happy. Hoping to get back on the track, said Bhagavata.

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.”

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