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A rare Liver Transplant surgery was performed at CARE Hospitals, Visakhapatnam. Mr Gurmeet Singh (45) from Raipur, Chhattisgarh, approached CARE Hospitals in the second week of November. He was very weak. After several investigations, the doctors found that he had both liver and kidney failure. The portal vein, which supplies almost 70% blood to the liver, was blocked. This was life-threatening and the patient could not even eat properly. Because of the clot, a liver transplantation could not be done. However, removing the clot in the blocked vessel was also a risk.
After a deep CT scan the doctors found liver transplant to be a better option rather than a kidney, which was more complex and expensive. The clot was removed first after careful surgery. Then on 20th November, after a cadaveric organ became available, Dr Thomas Cherian, Head, Hepato Biliary Surgery & Liver Transplantation at CARE Hospitals Group performed a liver transplant surgery. He was supported by Dr John David, Consultant, Anesthesiology, Dr Mohan Maharaj, Medical Director, CARE Hospitals, Visakhapatnam & Consultant, Anesthesiology and Dr G Satyanarayana, Consultant, Gastroenterology. The surgery lasted eight and a half hours and was successful.
The surgery also helped Mr Gurmeet Singh overcome the kidney failure, which was secondary to the liver disease. The careful planning of the specialist doctors ensured that the patient did not need to have kidney surgery too, thus avoiding dual surgery. Mr Gurmeet was discharged on 1st December and is doing well.