Successful Liver Transplant Done By Laparoscopic Surgery On Two-And-A-Half-Year-Old Son Of Iraqi Woman

By | January 2, 2020

A rare condition of liver transplant donation came forward. The Iraqi woman donated the part of her liver to her two-and-a-half-year-old son. Fortis Hospital in Gurgaon conducted this liver donation through laparoscopic hepatectomy surgery .

The case involved a child suffering from end-stage liver disease, and his mother, 28 years old Iraqi women donated a part of her liver for the transplant. Dr. Vivek Vij, director of Fortis hospital who performed the surgery, said, “there are no such reported cases of hepatectomy through laparoscopic surgery, but in the US and other countries there have been multiple such surgeries. When the donor is young, such surgery becomes possible and turns successful. Therefore we decided to attempt this case.”

The operation conducted with five small holes of approximately 1cm on the donor’s abdomen, inserting a camera with scopes fitted that helps in visualization and clearing the hepatic vein and artery. The liver, weighing one-and-a-half kilogram, contains thousands of blood vessels crossing through is lobes. There has to be precision to operated it without opening the abdomen, so doctors had to be really patient and careful while operating for the resection.

The laparoscopy resection has been attempted at least four to five patients earlier before attempting total resection was performed in this case. The surgery took about 10 hours to harvest the donor’s liver and transplant it.

In India, this case was rare in which a minimally invasive technique procedure has been conducted for a liver transplant. The surgeons had various difficulties during surgical techniques, but it had less pain and less visible scars. The patient had a minimum hospital stay and the recovery was smooth and uneventful.

“The advancement in liver surgery would encourage people to come forward for the donation of organs. Liver transplant has the treatment options available for the end-stage liver diseases, acute failure and availability of donor organ is a major limitation.” Said Dr. Vivek Vij. Fortis hospital made a massive success in performing the rare operation of the mother and her child. Both are safe and treatment had positive results.

The rare conditions could take place in anyone’s life; it’s essential to get the right surgery from the right surgeon with the best care and treatment .

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