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Apollo Hospitals performed the first heart transplantation in 1995. This patient went on to survive for 14 years (the longest Indian transplant survivor) until 2009 when he succumbed to an unrelated cause.
In 2004, a multidisciplinary approach to End Stage Heart Failure was envisaged. With a team comprising of some of the best heart transplant Doctors and Surgeons, a formal Heart Transplant Programme was commenced in Apollo Hospitals. Apollo Hospitals, Chennai has successfully performed several Heart transplants, Lung transplants, Heart and Double Lung transplants and Heart Lung and Kidney transplantations and is regarded as the best heart transplant surgery hospital in India.
The Apollo Institutes of Liver Transplant across the group are true Centres of Excellence. We offer 360 degree care in liver disease and transplantation, being equipped with the latest and the best in facilities. We house equipments and facilities required to deliver the most comprehensive program aiming at results that are truly exemplary.
Whether it is the 320 slice CT scanner, the 'state of the art' liver intensive care units & operation theatres, the aim is to ensure that liver transplants are a smooth and safe process for all. Various surgical tools to enable safe & bloodless liver surgery including the Cavitron ultrasonic surgical aspirator, argon laser coagulation etc are all used.
At our Institutes of Liver Disease & Transplantation, everything we do is accompanied by our trade mark 'Tender Loving Care'. Our pre and post transplant coordinators, social workers, dietitians and physiotherapists complete the care with a human touch. Our patients and their families are in touch even after their liver disease has been cured successfully and a complex transplant has been successfully performed.
The Apollo Institutes of Liver Transplant indeed do provide a multi-disciplinary, highly skilled state of-the-art service to patients, supported by cutting-edge medical technology and infrastructure.
The Centres of Nephrology and Urology have a sizeable and comprehensive renal transplant program, having performed both autologous and cadaveric transplants. It has the first organ transplant registry in India. The Centres also perform minimally invasive surgery for renal donors thereby minimising post-operative recovery time and hospitalisation.
The stringent infection control practices, immunosuppressive protocols and proactive vigil for complications and their prompt management make the service a huge success. The Transplant unit also integrates, analyzes and addresses the health needs of the transplant patient and his or her family. The Apollo Hospitals group has performed more than 10, 000 kidney transplants till date. We perform nearly 400 Kidney transplants each year.
A pancreas transplant is surgery to implant a healthy pancreas from a donor into a person whose pancreas no longer functions well.
Pancreatic transplantation is the only available cure for diabetes in appropriately selected patients. Pancreas transplantation adds a significant survival benefit to diabetic patients who otherwise face a life expectancy that is one-third of normal.
During pancreas transplant surgery, the donated pancreas is transplanted into the recipient, The pancreas must be transplanted into the patient receiving the organ within hours after removing it from the donor. The patient's own pancreas is not removed during a pancreas transplant. The donated pancreas is ‘added' to the recipient.
A lung transplant is a useful treatment for respiratory disease that has curtailed the lung function severely. In such patients, a lung transplant can increase longevity and also help improve quality of life. However, lung transplant surgery is a complex procedure needing cutting edge facility and care.
Once the donor organ becomes available it will be evaluated by our team. If it passes the criteria set by our team, the organ will be accepted for transplantation. Single lung, double lung or combined heart-lung transplant will be done depending on the disease of the patient. Usually patients with bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension will benefit from a double lung transplantation. The transplantation will be performed under general anaesthesia. The surgery usually takes anywhere between 6 to 10 hours depending on whether it is single or double lung and if complication occurs. Immediately after the surgery, the patient will be admitted in a dedicated heart and lung transplant unit for recovery.
The transplant team will continue to care for you indefinitely. The purpose of the follow up care includes monitoring of the recovery process and early identification of infection, rejection and intolerance to medications. It includes scheduled visits of once a month in the first year along with blood tests, x-ray and lung function studies. The infectious disease and endocrinology consultants, physical therapist and dietician will continue caring for you during this phase to achieve a safe recovery.
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