Max Hospital Mohali completes 200 kidney transplants in 2 yrs

Excelsior Correspondent

Officials of Max Hospital Mohali interacting with media persons at Jammu on Thursday.  -Excelsior/Rakesh
Officials of Max Hospital Mohali interacting with media persons at Jammu on Thursday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

JAMMU, June 25: The kidney transplant team from Max Super Specialty Hospital (MSSH), Mohali successfully completed 200 kidney transplants in less than 2 years at their centre.
This was announced in a joint press conference by Sandeep Dogra, VP Operations, Dr Vinay Sakhuja, Director Nephrology and Transplant Medicine, Dr Munish Chauhan, Senior Consultant Nephrology and Transplant Physician, Dr Sananda Bag, Sr Consultant Kidney Transplant, Dr Jagdish Sethi, Consultant Renal Transplant from MSSH.
Dogra said “since first kidney transplant in August 2013, we have performed over 200 kidney transplants. Our centre has conducted region’s 1st successful ABO-incompatible kidney transplant in May last year which placed us amongst the very few centres doing ABO incompatible transplant all over the country. We have performed transplants in HIV positive individuals, only a handful of which have been done all over the world”.
He stated that doctors at MSSH broke blood barrier in organ transplant last year giving hope to patients looking for donors without blood group matching.
Dr Sakhuja informed that each year more than 1 lakh new patients develop kidney failure in country and about 5 lakh patients were on dialysis, waiting for transplant. However transplant would take place in only about 5000 cases annually due to shortage of donors. To meet this huge gap we needed to encourage more and more organs donation from brain dead persons in addition to donors swapping and ABO-incompatible transplants, he added.
Dr Chauhan said that preemptive kidney transplantation was the best way to get a kidney transplant done. It would save lot of money besides reducing many complications, he disclosed.
Dr Bag said that “Many patients, who did not have a donor of same group in the family, could undergo hassle-free kidney transplant from their family donors without restriction of blood matching. Moreover nowadays donor’s operation was done laparoscopically, which was less painful, enabled faster recovery and early return to work”.
Dr Sethi said that diseases related to kidney could be life threatening and it required a proper diagnosis at good hospitals. In India about 60-70 per cent of kidney failure was due to unrecognized diabetes and BP. So, those who were hypertensive, diabetic, obese, smoker and above 50 years of age should opt for regular check-ups.