Trivandrum Medical College gets the 1st Liver Transplant Unit in public sector!

In the private sector, liver transplant surgeries cost anywhere from Rs.30 lakh to 40 lakh or upwards.

State government’s first-ever deceased donor liver transplant facility in public sector is now opened at Trivandrum Medical College Hospital.

The new facilities include specialised medical equipment costing Rs.3.5 crore, an ultra-modern transplant ICU at Rs.27 lakh and a liver transplant drugs kits costing Rs.11 lakh.

Now with the arrival of liver transplant facility, cost of the operation can be brought down considerably.

Trivandrum Medical College also has the first ‘Cross match and Human Leukocyte Antigens’ (HLA) lab in the public sector in Kerala at Rs.70 lakh. It is also the first such facility in the government sector in all of South India. Currently, the state is depended on private hospitals for its tissue matching needs. The tissue matching or cross matching is the test conducted on the donor and recipient to find whether the organs to be transplanted would match. The cross matching is a very sensitive and final test done for any type of organ transplant.

Medical College also has the first ‘Cross match and Human Leukocyte Antigens’ (HLA) lab in the public sector in Kerala.

Doctors from Lakeshore hospital, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences will perform the surgeries at the MCH initially. This would also be an opportunity for an in-house training for the doctors at the MCH.

Now with the arrival of liver transplant facility, cost of the operation can be brought down considerably. In the private sector, liver transplant surgeries cost anywhere from Rs.30 lakh to 40 lakh or upwards.  The same procedure will be available to the public at much lower and affordable cost. At present, only deceased donor liver transplants will be taken up in the government sector.

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