- Only Hospital in Andhra Pradesh to perform the highest number of liver transplants
- Announces World Liver Day public awareness programs
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Media Notice, For Immediate Release, April 18, 2014
Hyderabad: On the occasion of World Liver Day, surgeons at Global Institute of Liver, Pancreas Diseases and Transplantation at Global Hospitals, Hyderabad announced a new milestone in successful liver transplants at the hospital.
Doctors at Global Hospitals, Hyderabad who have been pioneering medical and surgical innovations for liver disease management for over a decade, have announced that they now successfully performed 300 liver transplants with a very high success rate.
Addressing a press conference, Dr. K. Ravindranath, Chairman & Managing Director, Global Hospitals Group, said, “Global Hospitals Group as a multi-super specialty, tertiary care hospital chain is India’s largest multi-locational, multi-organ transplant centre, which performs liver, heart, lung, kidney organ transplants. The Group till date has performed over 600 liver transplants. We have been consistently performing successfully, a large number complex liver surgeries and transplants. We have the largest team of specialists, comprised of Hepatologists, Liver transplant surgeons, Critical Care Specialists and Anesthetists, who are supported by world class infrastructure and technology and a strong commitment to deliver exceptional patient care.”
“Our surgeons perform the widest variety transplants procedures on both adult and paediatric patients such as split liver, auxiliary liver, swap liver. These are performed through both cadaveric organ and live related donor programmes. I am grateful to patients and their family for the confidence and trust reposed in us. I am also grateful to the Media in enhancing awareness amongst people about liver diseases, causes & prevention and transplantation as a unique solution to save patients with end-stage liver diseases,” he added
India is home to 11 per cent of the world’s patients affected with chronic Hepatitis B and the number of deaths from liver cancer or cirrhosis each year range between 100,000 and 200,000. It is estimated that about two lakh people are diagnosed with end stage liver disease each year and about 0.02 per cent population (25000) need liver transplants every year. “The need of the hour is to increase awareness about organ donation,” Dr. K. Ravindranath said.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Tom Cherian, Head of Department, HPB Surgery & Liver Transplantation, Global Hospitals, Hyderabad, said, “We are seeing a huge increase in the number of paediatric liver cases. Children with end stage liver disease have a very short and miserable life. Amazingly with transplantation, these children can go on to lead normal lives and become adults. It is unfortunate that pediatric liver transplantation services are limited in our country and I hope to make a difference.”
He also added that there is a high incidence of acute liver failure in India. “The saddest part about acute liver failure is that it strikes young people in their prime. The second is that it has high mortality with a 70-80% chance of death if not treated properly. Transplantation completely changes this statistic and creates an 80 per cent chance of surviving,” Dr. Cherian said.
As a commitment towards the society on the occasion of the World Liver Day, Global Hospitals also launched public awareness programs with the theme “I Promise to Love My Liver”. Various community based activities will be undertaken as part of the campaign to sensitize citizens on causes; prevention and care that each individual needs to undertake to have a healthy liver. To mark the occasion, the hospital is also offering highly discounted special liver check packages which can be availed from April 19 to May 19, 2014.
ABOUT GLOBAL HOSPITALS GROUP, INDIA
One of the fast growing chains of multi super specialty tertiary care Hospitals in India offering healthcare services of international standards. With over 2000 beds, the Group currently has state-of the art and world class hospitals at Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai offering advanced patient care. With the most comprehensive multi-organ transplant services in the country, the Group has carved out a niche for itself by excelling in areas ranging from simple procedures to complex surgeries and multi-organ transplantation services for liver, kidneys, heart and lungs. It has evolved to become a one-stop healthcare destination for people from across the world. Recognized for internationally reputed doctors and cutting-edge medical technologies, the Group’s Hospitals have achieved several milestones by performing rare, pioneering surgeries and transplantations.