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HPB / ABDOMINAL SURGERY

LIVER TRANSPLANT: Transplanting the liver is a procedure involving the replacement of a diseased liver by a healthy one.

Depending upon the source of the donor, liver transplant is of further two types.

  • ORTHOTOPIC TRANSPLANT: It is the replacement of the diseased liver by a healthy liver at the same site.
  • HETEROTOPIC TRANSPLANT: It is the placement of the healthy liver next to the diseased liver with reconnected blood vessels.

A procedure that takes anywhere up to 10 hours, both the donor and the recipient remain in intensive care for a few days until their bodies have recovered completely. They are constantly monitored for their body, organ functions and metabolism. Repeated check are made for any signs that may indicate a graft rejection. . Once normalcy is ascertained, the patients are shifted to the normal ward. The donor can be discharged anywhere between 5-7 days from the operative procedure after the donor is deemed fit while the recipient may take a little longer.

GENERAL COMPLICATIONS:

  • Bleeding
  • Graft rejection
  • Infection
  • Recurrence of hepatitis

ERCP:

This procedure is used to locate and extract stones in the gall bladder. A small endoscope is inserted into the gastrointestinal tract and the necessary extractions are made using micro surgical equipment.