MGM Healthcare’s Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support has performed 600 heart and lung transplants in India. The team is responsible for managing India’s largest adult and paediatric heart and lung transplant programme, the hospital said in a statement on Thursday.
“MGM Healthcare is proud to announce that we have completed more than fifty heart and lung transplants in patients from Delhi. Each of them was in critical medical condition with heart or lung failure not responding to medical therapy and was saved through timely transplant surgeries,” the hospital’s statement read.
Dr K.R. Balakrishnan, Chairman of Cardiac Sciences, Director of the Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support, MGM Healthcare, said, “Although there are enough organs available for transplantation, the waiting list for transplants is prolonged due to a lack of organ donation awareness. India is behind other nations in terms of having access to donated organs. One of the primary causes of this is a lack of awareness regarding organ donation.”
Dr Apar Jindal, Clinical Director & Consultant, Department of Lung Transplant and Interventional Pulmonology, “Lung transplant is advised to people who are suffering from an end-stage lung disease. End-stage lung disease is defined as a condition that has progressed to the point where lung function is seriously compromised. Most patients are diagnosed with a specific lung disease before it progresses to the end stage. As a result, anyone with end-stage lung disease may be considered for lung transplantation. It is critical for every patient to consult with the appropriate authorities in the area and receive the necessary treatment. As a result, we plan our lung clinics throughout twenty different cities on a regular basis in order to see our patients and assist them with their problems.”
According to Dr. Suresh Rao, Co-Director of the MGM Healthcare Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support, “Patients with heart failure and lung failure are at an elevated risk of death and can be helped by timely interventions like heart transplants and lung transplant. Mechanical circulatory supports like ECMO and LVADs can be used as a bridge to transplant in very sick patients.”
According to Dr Ravi Kumar, Senior Consultant & Associate Clinical Lead, Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support, MGM Healthcare, “The National Organ Transplant Programme (NOTP) has achieved remarkable success. Every year, more than 200 heart patients are given a healthy heart through this technique, saving their lives and allowing them to return to work and live happy, fulfilled lives. There are several patients in India who are in need of quality health opinions and advice, hence we as a team visit most of the major locations in the country frequently to help people benefit from our expertise directly.”