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For a long and healthy life,it is necessary for our liver to functionproperly. Liver, the biggest organ of our body performs multiple functions like producingthe protein that is necessary for blood clotting,cleansing the blood of chemicals and bacteria, fighting off infection, producing bile which helps to break down fats and stores glucose and release it when necessary.

Consistently around 20000-30000 individuals require a liver transplant in India alone. Liver transplant is a surgical methodology which is referred to individuals who are experiencing liver failure because of chronic liver disease or acute liver failure.

 

Most probably liver failure may occur due to the following condition:

 

•        Autoimmune hepatitis

•        Wilson's disease

•        Biliary atresia (influences the liver of the infant)

•        Alcoholism

•        Chronic hepatitis B and C

•        Hemochromatosis

 

Why Liver transplant surgery in India?

 

Being a complex operation liver transplant is a costly procedure all the more so in the western countries where the cost of this surgery may go up to Rs.15000000.00– 30000000.00 ($232470 - $464940). The excessive cost of this surgery is not within the budget for many patients who then are forced to look out for other places where they are guaranteed quality treatment.

 

India is the right place for this treatment, as liver transplant cost in India is economical and you can undergo this surgery for around Rs.500000.00 to Rs.2000000.00.

It might appear to be expensive for the residential patients yet it is very reasonable for international patients. Therefore, numerous patients come here for liver transplant surgery in India.

Additionally, you will find several world-acclaimed doctors in India who have the expertise and skill to perform this complicated procedure. The medical facilities in India are outstanding and all the big metros have top super specialty hospitals with ultra-modern infrastructure, well-equipped sophisticated ICU and highly qualified doctors to perform this complex procedure. Due to this and the affordable liver transplant cost in India, scores of patients come here for their treatment.

 

Where to obtain the liver for the surgery?

 

Usually, liver for transplants is either acquired from living donors or deceased donors.

Living donor:

Yes! A healthy living person can easily be a donor for liver transplant. It is conceivable! A part of the liver is removed and joined to the beneficiary's body. The remaining liver can efficiently carry out all the functions of the body and in about a month or two the liver will regenerate back to its original size for both the contributor and the beneficiary. As a rule, the living donor is a close relative of the patient.

 

Deceased donor:

In most of the cases related to the deceased donor, the liver is procured from individuals who are brain dead and the family has assented to organ donation or the expired individual had decided to donate his organ prior to his death.

 

At times, liver from the deceased individual is shared by two patients. In this way, two lives can be saved. The liver is split in the proportion of 60-40. The larger part is used for an adult and the smaller part for a child.

Who cannot opt for a liver transplant?

 

It is not possible for everyone with liver failure to undergo transplantation. It is a complex surgery and the patient must be in the state to survive the operation and the potential post-operative complications.

 

Factors and conditions that can hamper your chance for liver transplant:

•        Alcoholismand drug abuse

•        Cancer that has metastasized

•        Chronic infection

•        Pulmonary hypertension

•        Mental issue

•        Cardiovascular ailment

•        HIV

•        Patients with extreme liver failure due to which there is fluid accumulation in the brain.

 

Success rate for liver transplant surgery in India

The success rate is approximately 90% for liver transplant surgery in India. Majority of the patients regain around 92% of their life quality after the surgery.

However, for this,they need to take appropriate care and meticulously follow the guidelines of their specialist. It is important that they go for their follow-ups with the doctor so that their progress is monitored and any irregularities are detected in the initial stage.

Additionally, the patients are on life-long anti-rejection medications and they need to regularly go for diagnoses and tests.

To reduce the chance of organ rejection you have to make positive changes in your life and follow a strict health regime.

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