Mission: Successful Liver Transplants

One of the most vital organs is the liver which is mainly responsible for detoxification and synthesis of protein in the body. Regular consumption of large quantities of alcohol, lack of nutrition and viruses are factors that cause serious trouble to the organ. A subtle symptom like sleepiness and a more serious symptom like jaundice are indications of a failing liver. In the case of complete failure of this organ, a person may not have any other choice but to get listed for a liver transplant. Not only is this a costly affair, getting a organ complementary to the patient’s body can be quite a time-consuming task.

With the advancements in technology, organ transplantation is becoming a common and successful surgical operation. Not just that, contrary to what was thought to be previously impossible, transplant specialists are now able to perform the transplant with an incompatible liver. A recent transplant in Delhi NCR has been successfully completed despite the incompatibility. The doctors used immune suppressive medicines to control the body of the patient.

With the average modern family adopting poor lifestyle choices, a survey has revealed that almost one-fourth of the total population of children are prone to hepatic diseases. This is due to consumption of junk food that more often than not leads to obesity. The World health Organization states that there are about 2.5 lakh patients who die of a hepatic complication every year. Which means every fifth person in India suffers from a hepatic disease. That’s not all, out of a staggering number of 25,000 patients who require a transplant – only 5{1d2611b7b2358db1a5d290a72f211c932ff29d0dc596ec3bc444512a63e05c32} patient actually get a new organ.

The problem persists not just in India. More than half of the patients that travel from Pakistan to India for medical treatment come with a hepatic health issue like hepatitis B and C. Congenital and hepatic diseases in kids and autoimmune diseases are two other major reasons for patients to travel to India in the hope to get the right treatment. Two major factors – no language barrier and smooth connectivity are reasons behind more than 500 pakistanis have successfully gotten a liver transplant done in India. Leading hospitals like Apollo Hospitals, Fortis Healthcare and Max Healthcare are leading in terms of medical tourism and top doctors in these hospitals are enticing for potential patients in neighbouring countries like Pakistan.

With the right diet and lifestyle it is possible to curb excessive hepatic damage. Proper awareness of causes and symptoms of hepatic disease can also help people get treatment before complete organ failure or cirrhosis. Being the second largest organ in the body, the liver works hard everyday. Make sure you take care of this vital part of your body by having antioxidant-rich broccoli, sweet potatoes rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C rich lemons, apples, onions and even garlic.