Global Hospitals performs 200 liver transplants

Only 700-800 liver transplants are being performed per year in the country while the requirement was a staggering 20,000-25,000.

This was stated by well-known liver transplant surgeon, Mohamed Rela and K. Ravindranath, CMD of Global Hospitals, while announcing the completion of 200 liver transplants at Global Hospitals. Describing it as a “milestone”, they said the 200{+t}{+h}transplantation was performed on a 36-year-old comatose patient recently.

They said the success rate of the liver transplants carried out at the Global Hospitals here was over 90 per cent and on par with international hospitals. Dr. Ravindranath said “We have put Hyderabad on international map in liver transplantation and all this was possible because of the support of Prof. Rela, who heads the transplant group”.

Prof. Rela said less than 10 hospitals world over had performed 200 liver transplants. It was an important milestone because doing so many cases leads to maturity of the programme with a proper and complete set-up. He called for promoting cadaver organ donations as at least one-third of the patients requiring liver transplantation do not have a suitable donor. The cost of liver transplantation at Global Hospitals was around Rs.20 to 25 lakh, while it was in the range of Rs. 2 crore in the United States, Rs. 1 crore (United Kingdom) and Rs. 80 lakhs (Singapore).

Dr. Dharmesh Kapoor, hepatologist, said that since the first liver transplant done in 2003, they were having a complete follow-up of every patient. Almost half of the 200 transplants were performed since January 2011.