Pune: A team of doctors at Sahyadri Hospitals successfully conducted kidney and pancreas transplant and liver transplant simultaneously on different patients recently at Sahyadri Speciality Hospital Deccan Gymkhana, saving three lives.
For the first time in Western India, a single centre has performed kidney and pancreas transplant and liver transplant simultaneously on different patients. This was the second kidney and pancreas transplant conducted in the State of Maharashtra and also marked the 50th liver transplant by Sahyadri Hospitals.
After a 41-year-old accident victim was declared brain dead, the Zonal Transplant Coordination Center (ZTCC) Pune gave the necessary permissions to harvest his organs, which saved lives of three patients.
The kidney and pancreas of the donor were transplanted to a 27-year-old IT professional from Chennai, who was suffering from renal failure and severe diabetes, which had damaged his kidney. The liver was transplanted to a 62-year-old patient from Baramati, who was suffering from chronic liver disease.
Dr Bipin Vibhute, multi-organ transplant and hepatobiliary surgeon, Sahyadri Hospitals, said that diabetes is one of the most common problems in India and can affect various organs.
“Replacing kidney and pancreas is one of the most useful solutions, however, pancreas transplant is still rare in India.
There is an immediate need to promote pancreas transplant as it eliminates problems by optimally controlling sugar levels and by protecting the transplanted kidney from the adverse effects of diabetes. Additionally, it will also help reverse the effects of diabetes on other systems including peripheral neuropathy, thus protecting the limbs,” added Vibhute.
Dr Anil Vaidya, pancreas transplant surgeon, said that the kidney and pancreas recipients are quite young. “The recipient developed kidney failure about two years ago requiring dialysis three times a week. However, the patient is doing well after the transplant and is completely relieved of his insulin intake and dialysis. We are constantly monitoring his progress,” added Vaidya.
Dr Sachin Patil, Nephrologist, Sahyadri Hospitals, said that kidney – pancreas transplants are mostly useful for type-1 diabetics with serious complications and type-2 diabetics who need a new kidney. At least 80 per cent of the patients who undergo such a transplant are cured of diabetes.