First Donor Liver Transplant Done At SRM Medical College & Hospital Research Centre
Liver Transplant Facility at SRM Hospital, A Boon to local residents
Chennai, July 4, 2019: The first deceased donor liver transplantation (DDLT) has been successfully performed at the state-of-the-art SRM Medical College and Hospital Research Centre at Kantankulathur near Chennai by doctors from Gleneagles Global health city.
The announcement was made by Ram Natesan – COO SRM Medical health sciences & Research and Dr. A Sundaram – Dean for SRM Medical college hospital.
The patient, a 46-year-old male from Andhra Pradesh was diagnosed with end-stage liver disease and was managed with medical therapy initially but later this failed. Due to the decompensated liver disease status and failure of medical therapy, doctors at SRM medical college hospital advised the patient and family members the urgent need for liver transplantation. As the patient did not have matching liver donor from his family he was listed for deceased donor liver transplantation (DDLT) and was kept on optimal medical management.
The 6-hour-long procedure was performed as part of the collaboration between SRM medical college hospital, Kattankulathur and Gleneagles Global Health City following a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by them. Gleneagles Global Health City, the largest facility of Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Chennai has inked the MoU to support the liver transplantation program.
Dr. Vivek Vij, Director – Liver Transplant & HPB surgery, Gleneagles Global Health City and his team performed deceased donor liver transplantation. Post-transplant the patient made remarkable recovery and was discharged from the hospital.
Speaking about the partnership with SRM, Dr. Joy Varghese – Director Hepatology & Transplant Hepatology said, “The association will see Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai bring its top-notch emergency services in liver disease and liver transplant expertise to SRM medical college hospital which will benefit the local residents. We are extremely delighted, as we successfully performed first DDLT at SRM hospital post our association.”
“Once the patient is diagnosed with Chronic Liver diseases, initial treatment of optimal medical therapy can help the patient to stabilize but on decompensating, advanced medical therapy will not work and the only option is liver transplantation,” said Dr. Vivek Vij. “Jaundice, fatigue, abdominal distension is the main symptoms suggestive of liver disease. Other symptoms are blood vomiting, panning black stools and altered sensorium” added, Dr. Vivek Vij
Speaking on the occasion Ram Natesan – COO SRM Medical health sciences & Research said “We are particularly pleased to partner with Gleneagles Global Health city, Chennai for the Liver transplant program and would look forward to a long term association with them. To strengthen the organ transplant program at SRM we are launching a new dedicated OT complex with ICU’s in SRM medical college hospital exclusively for multi-organ transplants by August’19. We will soon be setting up a heart failure clinic and doing our first Heart transplant in the coming months”
Dr. A Sundaram – Dean for SRM Medical college hospital said “We are very happy that we have aligned with Gleneagles Global Health. Hope to do more service to the poor and ailing.”