In a first, Puducherry’s JIPMER performs liver transplant surgery

JIPMER can perform liver transplantation regularly at a comparatively cheaper price than corporate hospitals for liver transplantation where patients spend more money. JIPMER’s liver transplant facility will help the poor and unaffordable section of patients with liver disease waiting for liver transplantation. Moreover, a liver transplant clinic will be started from September on every Tuesday to benefit patients for end-stage liver disease

In a first, a liver transplant surgery was performed at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) in union territory of Puducherry. The surgery was performed on a 38-year-old man hailing from Pondicherry, who was suffering from Cirrhosis of liver, on August 28, 2017.

Dr Biju Pottakkat, Additional professor and Head of the Department of Surgical Gastroenterology and Head of the Liver Transplant Unit, JIPMER, said, “The surgery was performed on a Pondicherry-based man, who was suffering from Cirrhosis of liver. The liver was retrieved from a victim of a road accident who sustained brain death. In an exceptional kind gesture, the family of the victim expressed their willingness to donate the organs for transplant. His kidneys and corneas were also transplanted to benefit another three patients.”

The operation, which extended for 12 hours, involved a team of eight surgeons, four anesthesiologists and a team of nursing and technical staff. Four operation theatres were utilized same time. The patient was managed in a dedicated liver transplant intensive care unit for the last one week. He is recovering well and will be discharged in a week. The entire preparation and process of liver transplantation involves the effort of 14 specialties and several expert doctors.

The JIPMER established liver transplant facility a few months ago and possess equipments worth more than two crore were purchased by JIPMER for the liver transplant facility.

Dr SC Parija, Director JIPMER, congratulated the team of doctors who performed the operation. He also expressed deep gratitude of the family of the donor who expressed their desire to donate organs to save lives even at the moment of grief.

Dr Parija, said, “by performing liver transplantation, JIPMER has now became one of the countable centres in the country which has facility for multiorgan transplantation. JIPMER has an established kidney transplant programme and have already performed hand transplantation last month. The first liver transplantation surgery was performed at a cost of less than one lakh. JIPMER can perform liver transplantation regularly at a cost of less than Rs five lakh, which is one of the cheapest in the country. Patients have to spend Rs 25-30 lakh in corporate hospitals for liver transplantation.”

“JIPMER’s liver transplant facility will help the poor and unaffordable section of patients with liver disease waiting for liver transplantation,” Dr Parija added.

Dr Pottakkat added, “A liver transplant clinic will be started from this month on every Tuesday to benefit patients for end-stage liver disease requiring liver transplantation.”