Launch of Regular Liver Transplant OPD at Max Hospital – Jammu and Kashmir Latest News | Tourism
CHANDIGARH, July 16: A regular Liver Transplant OPD was started today at Max Hospital, Mohali which will also soon establish a comprehensive Liver Care Unit.
Speaking at the launch, Dr. Abhideep Chaudhary, Senior Director of Liver Transplantation, said the liver is a very important organ and one cannot survive if it is not functioning properly. He said that if the liver is failing, or one has primary liver cancer, a liver transplant could be lifesaving.
Dr. Chaudhary further advised that many things can prevent the liver from working including immediate (acute) causes such as toxic poisoning and chronic liver disease. “End-stage liver disease occurs when the liver has lost its maximum normal functioning. Several liver conditions can cause this condition, of which cirrhosis is a common cause,” he added. Citing data from the WHO, Dr Chaudhary said deaths from liver disease in India had reached 3.17% of the total number of deaths.
Dr Kaptan Singh, Associate Consultant – HPB Surgery & Liver Transplantation, said: “End-stage liver disease is the result of chronic and progressive liver disease. This usually means that much of the liver tissue has been replaced with scar tissue and fibrosis, which obstructs blood flow to the liver, leading to portal hypertension. This is also called cirrhosis of the liver.
“Liver damage is reversible in the early stages because the liver has tremendous regenerative power. But it requires long follow-up for chronic liver disease or liver transplant for end-stage damage,” Dr. Atul said. Sachdev, Medical Director and Head of Gastroenterology.
He said liver transplant OPD will also benefit patients with hepato-pancreatic biliary disease (HPB), which refers to any condition that affects the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts.