CHENNAI, May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Novel Technique Raises Hope for Several People Awaiting Donor Lungs
Hopes of a 30-year old woman from Haryana were kept alive at Global Health City with the successful size-reduced lung transplantation, a surgical technique used for the first time in India. By introducing this novel technique in India, Global Health City offers a glimmer of hope to thousands of people who await donor lungs. With this technique, the waiting time to receive a donor lung will be reduced significantly as the utilization of donor lungs will be improved.
Mrs. Anita Devi was suffering from Scleroderma - an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own tissue. Despite the medical treatment, her condition started worsening and led to pulmonary fibrosis. Subsequently, she was referred to Global Health City for further treatment 3 months ago.
Dr. Vijil Rahulan - Senior Consultant Pulmonologist said, "Mrs. Anita Devi was a known case of Bilateral Interstitial Lung Disease and Systemic Sclerosis. She was already on maximal medical treatment steroid support and oxygen dependent up to 4 liters a day. After a complete evaluation and with lung transplant as the only treatment option, she was registered for cadaveric lung transplant program. In the meantime, she underwent a specialized pulmonary rehabilitation program as a preparation for transplant."
"Unlike other organs, getting donor lungs in a good condition has always been difficult. Owing to the cause of death, only about 10 to 15% of the donor lungs can be transplanted successfully. Adding to Anita Devi's worries was her height and chest cavity. She was only about 151 cms tall and her chest cavity was small. According to the standard practice that we follow, only the pediatric age group lung would aptly fit into her chest cavity. Considering the extreme difficulty in getting pediatric donor lung and her deteriorating health conditions, our team decided to adopt a new operative technique which allows downsizing of larger lungs for use in smaller recipients," pointed out Dr. Rahul Chandola - Senior Consultant Heart & Lung Transplant Surgeon.
Elaborating further on the occasion, Dr. Govini Balasubramani - Senior Consultant Heart & Lung Transplant Surgeon, said, "This approach of downsizing of larger lungs for use in smaller recipients has recently gained widespread use in western countries, especially for highly urgent recipients; however, it is still not considered a standard procedure. But size-reduced lung transplantation is expected to offer a huge relief to hundreds of recipients as it enlarges the donor pool and potentially reduces waiting time and waiting list mortality. In the case of Mrs. Anita Devi, the size of donor lung was reduced by about 25% to fit into her chest cavity."
"I am very much thankful to the doctors at Global Health City for offering me another chance to live my life and to spend time with my family. When I came here with a failed lung condition, I and my family had very little hope. Now with the successful lung transplant, I am all set to start a fresh lease of life again," said Mrs. Anita Devi.
Highlighting the uniqueness of the procedure, Mr. Bhaskar Reddy - Vice President, Corporate Relations added, "Over the years, Global Health City has become a synonym to the most preferred organ transplant centre and is one of the largest multi-organ transplant centres in India. Adding to many first-of-its-kind transplant surgeries, today with India's first tailored donor lung transplant Global Health City has once again demonstrated its constant endeavor to offer the best possible treatment to patients by combining contemporary technology and processes."
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As one of Global Hospital's cornerstone Centers of Excellence, Heart & Lung Institute is a premium, comprehensive center providing innovative, quality care close to home. Utilizing advanced medical and surgical equipment, the expert team of physicians and nurses practice evidence-based medicine blended with patient-centered care. From intervention to cardiothoracic surgery and rehabilitation, the institute's approach hinges on personalized care, recognizing that every patient is unique.
About Global Health City
Global Health City, Chennai is a 500-bedded multi super specialty quaternary care hospital. It renders 360 degree advanced tertiary healthcare services with multi-super specialty and multi-organ transplant services. With the finest combination of expertise, experience, state-of-the art technology and well coordinated team work, every step is aimed at ensuring excellence in patient care.
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