First Liver Transplant of 2009 by Wockhardt Hospitals

Thursday, February 26, 2009

In a life affirming incident that renews hope and faith among millions of patients requiring organ transplants, Wockhardt Hospitals,Mulund successfully performed city’s first cadaver liver transplant for the year 2009.The liver surgery was performed at Wockhardt Hospitals,Mumbai led by Dr. S K Mathur, Senior Consultant Surgeon, HPB Surgery & Liver Transplantation, Wockhardt Hospitals.

Mr. Kathuria, 62-year old man who was suffering from advanced liver cirrhosis got a new life by a liver transplant from a 57-year old brain dead patient. This is a successfully completed cadaver liver transplant which has proved once again these kind of complex and delicate, complex can be successfully conducted if the procedure is done within the ‘golden hour’.

Most commonly used Liver transplant technique is orthotopic transplantation, where the original liver is removed and the donor organ is placed in the same location as the original liver.

Liver transplantation is now used in any acute and chronic condition in irreversible liver dysfunction,provided the organ donor do not have conditions to impede liver transplant. A good donor is someone who is in good physical and mental health, older than the age of 18 and free from:
  • HIV infection
  • Known viral hepatitis
  • Active alcoholism with frequent and heavy alcohol intake
  • Psychiatric illness under treatment
  • History of malignancy
  • Heart and lung disease requiring medications
  • Diabetes mellitus of greater than 7 years duration
Most Liver transplant are rejected by the recipient unless immunosuppressive drugs are used.Most recipients receive corticosteroids plus a calcinuerin inhibitor such as tacrolimus or Cyclosporin plus a antimetabolite such as Mycophenolate Mofetil.

However Liver transplantation is unique in that the risk of chronic rejection also decreases over time, although recipients need to take immunosuppresive medication for the rest of their lives.

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