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GEM Hospital performs Chennai’s First Laparoscopic Donor Surgery For Liver Transplantation

Chennai, 19th November 2019: The GEM hospital, Coimbatore has been the first centre in India to perform laparoscopic harvesting of liver for transplant and so far 22  laparoscopic donor liver harvests from live donors have been done at Coimbatore. Now the GEM hospital Chennai has successfully, laparoscopically harvested liver from a 19 years old college student who has donated to her ailing father. This is the first time such a procedure is done at GEM Hospital Chennai. Liver Transplant Surgery is approved under Tamilnadu Chief Minister Health Insurance Scheme and GEM Hospital is empanelled for this surgery.


Mr. Murugan(Name Changed) from Pondicherry has been suffering from end stage liver disease waiting for liver transplantation with the hope of receiving liver from a braindead person. Meanwhile his health got deteriorated to a critical stage hence his daughter volunteered to donate a part of her liver. Large incisions of abdomen, longer period to recover, wound related complications like pain, hernia and the girl’s marriage prospects in the future have been the concerns of the family.


When the family came to know of the feasibility of laparoscopic liver harvest the family and the girl were relieved of the anxieties and the girl underwent laparoscopic liver donation. In the post operative period, the donor has been ambulant from day one and taking normal diet. She got discharged on the third post operative day. She being a B Tech student, is preparing for her examinations to write  in the coming week. She is very happy that there is no scar in her abdomen.
Dr C Palanivelu and his team of doctors , Dr. Senthilnathan, Dr. Vijay Anand and Dr. Srivatsan performed the laparoscopic liver harvesting .The right half of the liver was separated successfully in 3hours and 30mins. Liver resection was done in a bloodless manner using harmonic scalpel and cusa sophisticated equipments which are very useful in this procedure . No blood transfusion was given. Entire surgery was done through five tiny holes which were sealed with a solution instantaneously, facilitating healing without stitches. Liver was placed in a bag and removed through a small incision in the lower part of abdomen resulting in an invisible scar. 

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