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Second Liver Transplantation Successfully Conducted In Odisha Hospital

Bhubaneswar: For the second time in the State’s medical history, the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital in Bhubaneswar successfully performed a living-donor liver transplantation with the help of Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG). The first-ever liver transplantation in Odisha was undertaken in March earlier this year at the same hospital.

The liver transplant was conducted on a 49-year-old teacher Umesh Kumar Rout of Sambalpur, who received a portion of the liver of his sister Anita Kumari (41). The surgical procedure which started at 4 AM on Sunday continued for 12 hours.

A team headed by P Balachandran Menon of Hyderabad-based Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG) and GI surgeon Satya Prakash Roychoudhury from SUM Hospital conducted the marathon 12-hour long surgery.

“Rout was suffering from end stage liver disease and the only option available was to go for a liver transplantation to save his life,” said Manoj Kumar Sahu, Head of the department of Gastroenterology at IMS and SUM Hospital.

As per sources, a 40-member team was constituted for the purpose, which comprised of doctors, nurses and paramedics from multiple specialties including Gastro Intestinal surgery, Hepatology, Anesthesia, Cardiology, Urology, Nephrology, Radiology, OT, Infection Control, Central Lab and Blood Bank. A memorandum of understanding was also signed earlier between AIG and SUM Hospital for undertaking the liver transplantation.

Explaining the surgical process, Sahu said about 60 per cent of the donor’s liver was first taken out while the diseased liver was removed from the patient simultaneously in a separate OT. The new liver was implanted with the surgeons attaching the arteries, veins and bile ducts perfectly. A new technology Rotem was used to monitor the coagulation parameters of the recipient. Both the donor and recipient had been extubated after surgery, he said.

The surgery was supported by a 10-member team from AIG led by Prof. Menon, Director of Liver Transplantation, and other members of the team being GV Premkumar, Shakti Swaroop, Krishna Chaitanya and Santosh Kumar Sahoo. The core transplant team at IMS and SUM Hospital included Sumit Mohanty, Satya Sundar Gajendra Mohapatra, Santosh Kumar Singh, Rajib Lochan Samal, Debakanta Mishra, Rajesh Kumar Bhola, Girija Nandini Kanungo and transplant coordinators Susanta Kumar Biswal and Saroj Senapati.

Reportedly, the first such surgery was conducted at IMS and SUM Hospital on March 5. A 55-year-old patient from Balasore, Jayanta Kumar Biswal had received a portion of the liver of his 18-year-old son in a successful transplant.

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