First successful transplant created positive perspective for organ donation, says doctor

Sakal Times
Sunday, 25 February 2018

Pune: A hand transplant is not an essential transplant but a life-changing one, said Dr Abhijeet Wahegaonkar on Thursday. He was speaking at the two-day 44th Annual Research Conference at Sassoon General Hospital (SGH). Various sessions ranging from organ donation, transplant to hand surgery and fetal medicine were discussed on Thursday.  Dr Wahegaonkar, a consultant with a Pune-based hospital fore hand and microvascular reconstructive surgery spoke about re-plantation and hand transplant.

Pune: A hand transplant is not an essential transplant but a life-changing one, said Dr Abhijeet Wahegaonkar on Thursday. He was speaking at the two-day 44th Annual Research Conference at Sassoon General Hospital (SGH). Various sessions ranging from organ donation, transplant to hand surgery and fetal medicine were discussed on Thursday.  Dr Wahegaonkar, a consultant with a Pune-based hospital fore hand and microvascular reconstructive surgery spoke about re-plantation and hand transplant.

“In case of an accident where the hand is detached, it can be replanted. We can now also transplant the hand of patients. This transplant is life changing as the patient is able to do most of the things effectively, making them less dependent on others. In a country like India, this can add value to a patient's life,” said Dr 
Wahegaonkar.

Speaking on 'Pune's first heart transplant - the journey', Dr Manoj Durairaj, cardiac surgeon, said organ transplants are the best form of national integration. “As a transplant surgeon we need to cross many hurdles and it is a sigh of relief once the transplants are done. A transplant surgeon has to face many unplanned things before the surgery. For the first heart transplant, we were informed that a special chartered plane would be taking the heart to Pune. But when I saw the plane, my heart sank. The plane was very small and was flying so slow that I could still use my phone. However, after we reached the Pune airport, the police had already secured the roads for the green corridor,” said Dr Durairaj.

He added that the fact that the first transplant was a success created a positive perspective for heart donation among people.

Fetal medicine session
- ’Fetal medicine - treating the unborn’, doctors highlighted the importance of genetics in diagnosing the diseases in a foetus.
- Dr Koumudi Godole said genetics is like preventive and social medicine. “Genetic disorders can happen to anyone. Further, it is easier to analyse a genome today and we can help an entire family through understanding genetics,” said Dr Godbole. 
- Dr Aparna Kulkarni said a genetic analysis can help detect Down’s Syndrome more effectively.

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