Experts highlighted the role and effectiveness of Liver Transplant to give a better quality of life to the patients
Jammu, March 19: To provide world-class healthcare facilities to people of Jammu region, which is facing the higher burden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as liver ailments, New Delhi based Manipal Hospitals announced the launch Liver Transplant OPD in the city. The OPD service also aims to create awareness on high-end procedures available for the treatment of the life-threatening disease.
The Hospital has been organizing OPDs in the region for different other Specialties so far. Now, Manipal Hospitals, which has a centre of excellence for a liver transplant, with objects of high quality, state-of-the-art & affordable patient care, would also provide cutting-edge facilities for those who are suffering from severe liver ailments and need a transplant. Liver Transplant OPD would be organized regularly on every third Saturday of the month.
Announcing the launch of the OPD for the region, Dr Shailendra Lalwani, Head of the Department of Liver Transplant and Hepato-Pancreatic-Biliary Surgery, Manipal Hospitals Dwarka, New Delhi said, “People of the region are in dire need of high-quality medical care in specialities such as Liver Transplant. We will be here to make people aware of the disease and the availability of cutting-edge facilities. During the OPD, we will provide consultation, treatment and create awareness among people.”
According to the expert, a liver transplant can be performed by taking part of the liver from a healthy donor from the family. Though cadaveric liver transplant is ideal as there is no risk to the donor due to less donation rate, living donor liver transplant is most commonly performed the liver transplant.
In adults, the most common reason for needing a liver transplant is cirrhosis, liver failure due to hepatitis viruses, alcoholic cirrhosis and liver cancers that have not spread outside the liver. In a person who has a normally functioning liver, 60–70 per cent of it can be safely removed.
“In Manipal Hospital, Dwarka we have the facility of all types of liver transplant which include living donor liver transplant (adult and paediatric), cadaveric liver transplant, combined liver and kidney transplant and ABO-incompatible transplant,” said Dr. Lalwani.
“Our centre is a centre of excellence for a liver transplant, with objects of high quality, state-of-the-art and affordable patient care. We have world-class modular operation theatres and surgical team is seconded by well-equipped Intensive Care units to ensure better outcomes.
Though liver transplant is major surgery, however the risk involved in this procedure is between 5 to 10 per cent. One-year survival is 90 per cent and 5-year survival is about 75 per cent,” he added.
At present, Jammu is among the handful of states that do not have adequate cutting-edge facilities dedicated to these diseases. Higher incidence of liver diseases indicates that the Jammu region needs special attention and advanced facilities for treatment and care,”
During the OPD, super-specialist doctors from Manipal Hospitals, New Delhi will be available for consultation, screening and treatment every month with cutting-edge procedures and treatment.