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What is Liver Transplant?

A liver transplant is a surgical procedure of paramount importance performed when the liver has suffered extensive damage, rendering it incapable of carrying out its vital functions. This intricate operation entails the removal of the diseased liver and its replacement with a healthy liver obtained from either a living donor or a deceased donor.
There are two primary avenues through which liver transplants are conducted:

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    Living Donor Liver Transplant (LDLT)

    In the realm of LDLT, a portion of a healthy liver is surgically excised from a living donor, typically a close family member, who has undergone rigorous evaluation to ensure compatibility and robust health. The volume of liver tissue harvested from the living donor is tailored to the recipient’s specific needs, taking into account factors like age and weight. Remarkably, the livers of both the donor and recipient have the extraordinary capacity to regenerate. Although complete regeneration takes a few months, an impressive 80-90% recovery occurs within 4-6 weeks post-transplant. LDLT is more prevalent in certain regions, like India.

    Deceased Donor (Cadaveric) Liver Transplant (DDLT)

    In the domain of DDLT, a healthy liver is procured from a deceased donor who has been medically declared as brain dead. Brain death signifies a clinical state in which brain function ceases, and the individual relies on life-support measures, such as a ventilator, to sustain bodily functions. From a medical standpoint, brain death is akin to actual death. Following the confirmation of brain death, the organs, including the liver, can continue functioning for a finite period. It is during this critical window that the liver and other vital organs are retrieved for transplantation. DDLT is more prevalent in many Western countries.
    The optimal scenario involves maintaining a balanced combination of both DDLT and LDLT procedures to maximise the number of lives saved and mitigate the potential risks associated with living donors. Liver transplantation is a life-saving intervention for individuals grappling with end-stage liver disease, liver failure, or specific liver-related ailments. A successful liver transplant can bring about a transformative improvement in a patient’s overall health and quality of life.

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    Dr. Vivek Vij

    Speciality:        Liver Transplant Surgeon
    Experience:     24 Years Experience Overall  (20 years as specialist)
    Hospital:          Fortis Hospital Noida

    About Doctor:

    • Dr. Vivek Vij is a pioneering liver transplant surgeon credited with developing living donor surgery and standardising safety protocols to achieve the highest donor safety since the donor safety profile since the time of its inception in the country.
    • He is the first surgeon from the Indian subcontinent to publish a series of laparoscopic Donor Hepatectomy in ‘Liver Transplantation’.
    • He is the founder of Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Sciences in Fortis group of Hospitals, starting a highly successful liver transplant program initially at its Noida centre and then at Mohali. Read More

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    Fortis Hospital Noida

    • Fortis Hospital Noida is a renowned Multi-Super Specialty Hospital. It is known for offering a wide spectrum of advanced medical treatments to its patients.
    • Fortis Noida has maintained a path-breaking record in providing the best healthcare solutions since its establishment in 2004.
    • Fortis Hospital Noida is NABH accredited as well. Read More

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    Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) 

    • Fortis Memorial Research Institute was established in 2001.
    • It is an outstanding multi-speciality quaternary care hospital,having the top-notch infrastructure, advanced equipment, highly qualified and experienced medical professionals and super sub-specialists.
    • Fortis Hosptial Gurgaon is an advanced centre of excellence in Robotic Surgery, Neurosciences, Oncology, Renal Sciences, BMT, Organ Transplants, Orthopaedics, Cardiac Sciences and Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Read More

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