KMC Hospitals Mangaluru Performs First Liver Transplant in Coastal Karnataka


Mangaluru: Kasturba Medical College (KMC) Hospitals Mangaluru achieved medical feat and performed the region’s first liver transplant on a 39 year old patient. The donor of the patient was his wife aged 34 years. Patient was diagnosed with end stage liver disease due to autoimmune liver disease and medical treatment was no longer possible. His liver condition was getting complicated and chronic that required frequent hospital admissions, at least twice a week.

Liver transplant was the only option to save his life. This challenging surgery was successfully conducted in a 12 hour long operation led by Dr. Olithselvan Chairman and Hepatalogist, Manipal Hospitals Bangalore , Dr Ravichand, Chief Liver Transplant Surgeon, Dr. Magnus, Dr.Anand, Dr. Samesh Padman, Liver Transplant Surgeon, KMC Hospital Mangalore, Dr. Gautham and Dr.Navneethan and Dr. Ramamurthy, Chief Anaesthetist, KMC Hospital Mangalore. The eexpert team of doctors left no stone unturned in achieving this milestone.

Liver transplant is a surgical procedure to remove the diseased liver and replace it with a healthy liver from a donor. Liver disease is the most common cause of death after heart disease, stroke, chest infections and cancer. Liver transplant involves replacement of patient’s diseased liver by a new liver which is derived either from a brain dead but heart beating donor i.e. a cadaver (Cadaveric or Deceased- Donor Liver Transplant or DDLT) or from a living donor (Living Donor Liver Transplant or LDLT).

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Olithselvan, Chairman and Hepatalogist, Manipal Hospitals Bangalore said, “Liver is a unique organ in human body and has a special capacity of regeneration. It has been seen that even 70 per cent of liver can be safely removed without any untoward consequences because of the capacity of regeneration. We have recently obtained license for liver transplants and hence this case was special. It’s now easier for people of Mangaluru to avail this facility in the comforts of their home town and save time and travel cost.”

Speaking on the occasion Sagir Siddiqui, Regional Chief Operating Officer, KMC Hospitals Mangaluru said, “KMC Hospitals today is undoubtedly a world class destination which offers end to end solution for all medical needs. Staying true to our ethos of patient centricity, we are committed to provide best of treatments to our patrons. We will continue to bring in all possible medical advancements and ensure the people of Mangaluru get best medical facilities.”


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