Fatty liver leading cause of liver transplants: Docs

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Team of liver transplant docs at Global Hospital, Mumbai.

 Rohit Shishodia
Fatty liver, which is said to be a most common liver ailment, is one of the leading causes of the need for liver transplants.

Speaking at an event marking the completion of 400 liver transplants in a span of six years in Western India, Dr. Ravi Mohanka, Chief Surgeon and Head of Department, Transplant and HPB Surgery, Global Hospital, Mumbai, said, “Most commonly, patients undergoing liver transplants were about 45 to 55 years old requiring transplants due to end-stage liver disease due to hepatitis B or C infection, alcoholic liver disease, fatty liver disease, or liver cancer.”

“The oldest patient to receive a transplant at our center was 80-years-old at the time of transplant and doing well at 83 years now. We have also performed a transplant on a baby weighing only 4.7 kgs, the lightest in western India,” added Dr Mohanka.

Dr. Samir Shah, Head, Department of Hepatology, Liver Intensive Care and Transplant Hepatology, Global Hospital, said “At the Global Mumbai, we have been able to fulfill an unmet need in western India of a center of excellence offering complete liver care. The hospital also offers fellowship training programs in liver transplant, hepatology and liver anesthesia, and critical care.”

The liver transplants team of Mumbai’s Global Hospital has several firsts in Western India to their credit such as the first simultaneous liver-kidney transplant, first swap (pair-exchange) liver transplant, first ABO-incompatible liver transplant, first dual lobe liver transplant, and first auxiliary liver transplant performed in Western India.

According to the Global Hospital, the results of successful liver transplants are also due to the state-of-the-art equipment, instruments, and dedicated ICUs for liver failure patients and liver transplant patients with experienced staff for care before, during, and after the transplant.

“The multi-disciplinary approach has enabled the team at Global to offer 360-degree liver care to patients. Reaching this significant milestone is a reflection of incredible teamwork, passion, and dedication of the team who care for our patients each day,” said Dr Vivek Talaulikar, Chief Executive Officer, Global Hospital.

“Being the leader in organ transplant in Western India in terms of clinical outcomes and in volume places a responsibility on us to bring the latest techniques, enhanced skills, and to maintain our patient care on par with international standards,” added Dr Talaulikar.


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