Cost of Liver Transplant Surgery in India - USD 30000
Length of stay in India - 2 Months
Stay in Hotel outside hospital - USD 20-35 per day
Treatment Possible Apartment - Provides Free Stay for patient & Relative
Source of Liver Donor - Living Donor (Relative) or Deceased Donor
When do you need Liver Transplant?
When your liver is damaged beyond repair and when it ceases to function or malfunctions, then the patient has to look at Liver Transplant.
Causes of Liver damage in Adults
· In Adults cirrhosis is most common condition causing irreparable damage to Liver. Cirrhosis causes deterioration of liver. It blocks flood flow through the liver and causes malfunctioning of Liver. Cirrhosis can be caused by viral infection such as Hepatitis B & C, excess alcohol abuse, fatty liver or autoimmune disease of liver.
· Liver cancer or other cancer leading to metastasis in liver
· Primary bilary sclerosis
· Genetic Liver disease
Causes of Liver Damage in Children
· In children, most common cause of irreparable liver disease is biliary atresia. In biliary atresia, kids are born without bile duct or a blocked bile duct. This causes cirrhosis of liver in babies, which means that their liver reaches complete failure stage. Thereafter Liver transplant is the only option to restore required liver functions.
How to determine if a Liver patient is fit candidate for Liver Transplant?
A battery of investigation needs to be carried out to determine if a patient can be a candidate for Liver Transplant. Firstly surgeons need to rule out any probable cause of future liver damage. After that they will ask for
· X-ray and computed tomography
· Doppler ultrasound to study blood flow to and from your liver
· ECG, stress test and other cardiac evaluation to check cardiac fitness
· Pulmonary Function test
· And complete haematology (blood) study
Once it is determined that a patient is fit to undergo Liver, a fit and matching donor needs to be found.
Who can be a liver donor?
A patient can receive liver from a live donor or a deceased donor. Let’s understand both the donor option:
a) Living Liver donor: A living donor can be family member or close friend who can be a matching donor. The willing donor needs to approximately match liver size and should be of compatible blood type. Fortunately no complex match like tissue or cell needs to be done. The donor is not at a permanent loss. Liver grows back to its size within 6-8 weeks. Which means the donor’s quality of life is not compromised. Donor saves a life and lives.
b) Cadaver or deceased donor: A deceased person’s liver can be transplanted to adult patient. In cases of acute liver disease, the patient will need a complete liver which can only be sourced from a deceased person. Treatment Possible works with hospital across multiple states in India. We can find out currently which state in India has lowest waiting list of liver patients. Accordingly we can advise on choosing a state and hospital in that state which has lowest waiting time.
How to get cadaver or deceased liver donation in India?
After your complete medical evaluation, if you are fit candidate for liver transplant then you can become an active liver candidate. Your name will be placed on waiting list according to your blood group, body size and medical condition. Each waiting list candidate is given a score based on their blood tests. The score is known as the MELD (model of end stage liver disease) score in adults and PELD (pediatric end stage liver disease) in children. Depending on your score, you will be prioritised. This score is revised regularly. In case your blood test reveals that your liver has further deteriorated then your score will go high. Accordingly candidate goes up in the list and has better chance of be chosen as recipient.
While you wait for your turn to receive liver, we make sure that you are regularly examined by surgeons so that your health can be maintained. We make sure that you are not charged extra during your waiting time.
What happens in a Liver Transplant surgery?
The liver transplant procedure or operation can last between 6 hours and 12 hours and is done under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will make a long incision across your abdomen. He will disconnect the blood supply to and from the liver and bile ducts and then remove the liver.
The liver transplant surgeon will replace it with the donor's liver and reattach the bile ducts and blood vessels to the new liver. He will then place staples and stitches to close the incision.
If your liver is from a living donor, the liver transplant surgeon will remove a portion of the donor’s liver. He will then remove your diseased liver and place the donor’s liver in your body, and connect the bile ducts and blood vessels. That is how the liver transplant procedure works. The liver in your body and that in the liver transplant donor’s body will quickly regenerate within a few months to its full volume.
What is success rate of Liver Transplant?
In India, the success rate of Liver transplant has been 90%. But like any other transplant, liver transplant has its very own risks and complication.
What are chances of rejection in Liver Transplant?
Like any other organ transplant, Liver transplant also carries risk of rejection. Our body will see the new liver as a foreign object. Therefore our immune system works against the new liver. It can occur rapidly or gradually over a period of time. Therefore anti-rejection medicine is given before and after the surgery to suppress immune system from attacking the liver. The anti-rejection drug continues for life in most of the cases but it is low dosage. You should always be alert to symptoms of rejection like fever, fatigue, chills, nausea and jaundice. If detected early then it can be managed. This can happen even after years of transplant.
Can a person resume normal life after Liver Transplant?
In one word, Yes. With-in 3-4 month of your liver transplant surgery you can return to normal life. But you can’t take your health casually after any organ transplant. Your diet needs to be as per dietician’s advice. And you should minimise or abstain from alcohol. Your work, exercise and sex life will be normal as any other average person. You will surely benefit from the liver transplant surgery and regain your normal life.
What Diet and nutrition is advised after Liver Transplant?
Eating a well-balanced diet is especially important after liver transplant to help you recover and keep you healthy.
We will ensure that hospital dietician will provide you diet chart that Liver transplant patient should consume to ensure health of his/her liver.
In general, your diet after liver transplant should be low in salt, cholesterol, fat and sugar.
To prevent damaging your new liver, it's important to avoid alcohol. Do not drink alcoholic beverages or use alcohol in cooking.
Best diet practise after transplant includes:
· Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day
· Avoid fruits like grapefruit and grapefruit juice, pomegranates, or Seville oranges due to their effect on a group of immunosuppression medications.
· Have enough fiber in your daily diet
· Avoid all kinds of processed food
· Maintain optimal calcium and phosphorus levels
· Eat lean meats, poultry and fish
· Follow food safety guidelines
· Stay hydrated by drinking adequate water and other fluids each day
What about Exercise after Liver Transplant ?
Purpose of transplant is to resume normal life. But exercise is required to achieve and maintain good life. Exercise and physical activity should be a regular part of your life after a liver transplant to continue improving your overall physical and mental health.
Our physical therapist can also talk with you about finding an appropriate exercise program to follow at home. Soon after your transplant, you should walk as much as you can. Then, depending on your progress, therapist shall add more exercise to suit your body. Swimming is advised as it is low impact exercise. But be sure to check in with your transplant team before starting or changing your post-transplant exercise routine.
What is cost of Liver Transplant in India?
Compared to any other medical destination. India offers lowest cost for liver transplant surgery. The cost in India for a Liver Transplant surgery is USD 32000-35000. But we offer special rates to our patients. Our patient only pays USD 30000 to hospital. We help you save more. Read details below. You will get entire package of pre-surgery investigation, surgery for patient, surgery for donor, hospital stay in private room and medicines. Please email us your query for detailed surgeon’s opinion and cost. Email: [email protected]
How long will be Liver transplant treatment duration?
What will be cost of stay in India during Liver Transplant?
You need to be aware about length of stay and upkeep cost while in India. The hospital provides stay only after surgery. While your total stay in India will be for 2 months if your donor is available. But if you have to wait for a deceased person’s liver then your wait can be anywhere from 1 month to 6 months. There will be 3 person in total traveling considering a care taker. If you stay in hotel then it will cost you minimum USD 25 a day. Which means USD 750 a month. Additional to daily food which will be USD 15 per day minimum.
That’s is why Treatment Possible provide free accommodation in our service apartments for. You can cook your own food to your taste which is also healthy. We help your save USD 35 each day. Which means you save more than USD 1000 every month. Your total cost of treatment will further reduce by USD 3000 to 4000 by saving on stay and food.
How do you choose the best hospital for Liver transplant in India?
Its very important that you choose a hospital and surgeon which has a proven track record of successful liver transplant program. You should always look for:
· Number of Transplants the centre has done.
· Study the surgeon’s profile.
· Success rate of their previous transplants.
· Understand the costs that will be incurred before, during and after your transplant. Costs will include investigations of both patient and donor (if donor known), registry cost if sourced from cadaver donor, cost of surgery, hospital stays, pharmacy. Also include cost of upkeep in India that is stay in service apartment and food.
Best Hospitals in Mumbai for Liver Transplant Surgery:
Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital
BLK Nanavati Hospital
Best Hospital in Pune for Liver Transplant Surgery:
Ruby Hall Hospital
Best Hospital in Bangalore for Liver Transplant Surgery:
Columbia Asia Hospital
Best Hospital in Chennai for Liver Transplant Surgery:
Global Gleneagles Hospital
Fortis Malar Hospital
Madras Mission Hospital
Dr. Rela Institute and Medical Centre
MIOT International Hospital
Best Hospital in Coimbatore for Liver Transplant Surgery:
Kovai Medical Hospital
SriRam Krishna Hospital
Best Hospital in Hyderabad for Liver Transplant:
Gleneagles Global Hospital
Best Hospital in Delhi for Liver Transplant:
Apollo Indraprastha Hospital
Fortis Escort Hospital
Fortis Memorial & Research Institute
MAX Super speciality Hospital
Sri Ganga Ram Hospital