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Overview

Department of Liver Transplant and Biliary Sciences, Global Health City Chennai

Your liver is your largest internal organ and performs several critical functions, including:

  • Processing nutrients, medications, and hormones
  • Producing bile, which helps the body absorb fats, cholesterol, and fat-soluble vitamins
  • Making proteins that help the blood clot
  • Removing bacteria and toxins from the blood
  • Preventing infection and regulating immune responses

A liver transplant is a surgical procedure that removes a liver that no longer functions properly and replaces it with a healthy liver from a deceased donor or a portion of a healthy liver from a living donor. It is usually reserved as a treatment option for people who have significant complications due to end-stage chronic liver disease. A transplant may also be a treatment option in rare cases of sudden failure of a previously healthy liver.

The Gleneagles Global Health City has a devoted division for liver and pancreatic care. Well-known for being one of the world’s most comprehensive, multidisciplinary disease-management centers, becoming one of the best hospitals for liver transplantation in Asia, located in Chennai. The center specializes in treatment for diseases of the liver and pancreas.

A number of transplants are provided by our center, checking the condition of the person.

  • Pediatric liver transplant
  • Adult liver transplant
  • Cadaver liver transplant
  • Transplant in acute liver failure
  • Combined Liver-kidney transplant
  • Split liver transplant
  • Auxiliary liver transplant

Why choose Global Health City Chennai for treatment of Liver Cirrhosis or liver failure

We have one of the largest liver transplantation departments in Asia, located in Chennai with years of experience in this field, treating thousands of patients each year. The liver transplantation

Ward is well furnished with the latest technology machines to provide the best of service and care to victims.

Why Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai?

  • Excellent Doctors

We have one of the best liver transplant doctors in Chennai who are highly knowledgeable, skilled, compassionate, and will be there for you when you need them the most. Our goal is measured by the number of people in whom we restore the hope of a healthy tomorrow.

  • State-of-the-art Infrastructure

Streamlined processes, advanced technologies, world-class infrastructure, specialized and interdisciplinary care, and unparalleled simplicity of meeting every patient's health needs. We are committed to your well-being.

  • Cutting-edge Technology

Providing global access to advanced healthcare. We embrace high precision technologies for giving you a world-class healthcare experience. Our exceptional medical expertise is matched by our commitment to personalized care.

Diagonsis of Liver Dieases

The goals of the diagnosis process are to determine whether you:

  • Are healthy enough to have surgery and tolerate lifelong post-transplant medications
  • Stage of your diseases
  • Have any medical conditions that would interfere with transplant success
  • Are willing and able to take medications as directed and follow the suggestions of the transplant team

Some of the process you will go through include the following:

Abdominal computed tomography (CT) scan:

This procedure combines special x-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce multiple, digital images or pictures of the liver. It can help determine the severity of cirrhosis as well as other liver diseases. See “Radiation Dose in X-Ray and CT Exams” for more information.

Abdominal ultrasound:

Ultrasound is a type of imaging exam that uses sound waves to create pictures of the inside of the abdomen and/or pelvis, including images of the liver. Doppler ultrasound allows for the evaluation of blood flow to and from the liver.

Elastography:

This exam assesses the stiffness of your liver and can help diagnose how severe the scarring is in your liver (known as liver fibrosis). Left untreated, liver fibrosis can eventually lead to cirrhosis of the liver which is not reversible. Elastography can detect stiffness of the liver caused by liver fibrosis earlier than other imaging tests. The test can be performed by ultrasound or MRI.

Body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI):

This imaging exam uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the liver allowing for assessment of damage caused by various liver diseases.

Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)

MRCP is a special type of MRI protocol that is designed to evaluate a part of the liver and gallbladder, known as the biliary system that is part of your liver.

Biopsy

Part of the liver tissue is sampled and examined by a pathology doctor to analyze the extent of liver damage. The biopsy is often done by a radiologist using ultrasound guidance and is minimally invasive.

Liver function test:
This test involves analyzing the blood for particular enzymes that signal that liver damage is present.

Treatment for Liver Cirrhosis or Liver Failure

A liver transplant is a surgical procedure performed to replace a diseased liver with a healthy liver from another person. The liver may come from a deceased donor or from a living donor. Family members or individuals who are unrelated but make a good match may be able to donate a portion of their liver. This type of transplant is called a living transplant. Individuals who donate a portion of their liver can live healthy lives with the remaining liver, which grows back to its full size.

There are three main ways a liver transplant can be carried out:

  • Deceased organ donation – involves transplanting a liver that has been removed from a person who died recently
  • Living donor liver transplant – a section of liver is removed from a living donor; because the liver can regenerate itself, both the transplanted section and the remaining section of the donor’s liver are able to regrow into a normal-sized liver
  • Split donation – a liver is removed from a person who died recently and is split into two pieces; each piece is transplanted into a different person, where they will grow to a normal size

After the procedure – After a liver transplant

After your liver transplant, you can expect to:

  • Possibly stay in the intensive care unit for a few days. Doctors and nurses will monitor your condition to watch for signs of complications. They’ll also test your liver function frequently for signs that your new liver is working.
  • Spend 5 to 10 days in the hospital. Once you’re stable, you’re taken to a transplant recovery area to continue recuperating.
  • Have frequent checkups as you continue recovering at home. Your transplant team designs a checkup schedule for you. You may undergo blood tests a few times each week at first and then less often over time.
  • Take medications for the rest of your life. You’ll take a number of medications after your liver transplant, many for the rest of your life. Drugs called immunosuppressants help keep your immune system from attacking your new liver. Other drugs help reduce the risk of other complications after your transplant.

Expect six months or more recovery time before you'll feel fully healed after your liver transplant surgery. You may be able to resume normal activities or go back to work a few months after surgery. How long it takes you to recover may depend on how ill you were before your liver transplant.

Liver Transplant Specialists, Doctors and Surgeons

The Liver Transplant Program at Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai brings together some of the best and most experienced liver transplant surgeons and hepatologists in Asia, located in Chennai. They have the expertise and specialized skills, dealing with liver failure or liver cirrhosis. A thorough investigation is the first step in the effective liver transplant procedure. This helps ascertain the possibility of a successful liver transplant and if the patient is physically and mentally fit to undergo the rigors of a liver transplant surgery. Following the tests and analysis, the liver team will help the patient and caregivers understand the process of liver transplant surgery. The team includes – hepatologists, intensivists, anesthetist, liver transplant surgeons, liver transplant co-coordinators, nurses, care managers, physiotherapist, dietitians, and other clinicians will work together to manage your care at every stage. The process involves waiting and preparation period, the transplant surgery and post-transplant rehabilitation. Our team remains dedicated and committed to bringing you a full and productive life post-liver transplantation.

Dr Joy Varghese

MBBS, MD, DM (Gastro)

Director

Dr Rajanikanth Patcha V

MBBS, MS, FEBS (HPB)

Senior Consultant

Dr Somashekara HR

MBBS, DCH, DNB (Paed), FPGHN, Fellowship in Pediatric Hepatology (UK)

Consultant Pediatric Hepatologist

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