HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Medics from Medanta Institute of Liver Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine, Gurgaon, India underlined the high possibility of liver transplant in Nepal.
The institute is ready to take the initiative if Kathmandu Medical College (KMC) provides us a favourable environment to start transplantation, said Dr Arvinder Singh Soni, chairperson of the institute. He said the team from Medanta will provide technical support if KMC is able to establish the unit.
Every liver transplant is an amalgam of the highest level of expertise in liver, biliary and vascular surgery, as well as advanced support from several other disciplines, he informed.
A three member team of the institute has come to Nepal to evaluate the feasibility of the project.
Dr Prabin Bikram Thapa, associate professor at Department of Surgery, KMC said it is an expensive technology and will cost more. The Medanta Institute charges around IRs 23 lakhs for transplantation. He said it will take five more years to prepare a team in the country.
Liver transplantation is not easy. A lot of assessment has to be carried out for both recipient and donor before an operation is scheduled.Another important thing is essential infrastructure which include liver doctors, liver surgeons, a hepatalogist, a pathologist and an anaesthetist and other trained medical staff who can handle and manage the complex medical procedure of liver transplant.