Department Of Hepatology

PGI Chandigarh

Liver Transplant

The department in collaboration with the surgical team has already started the Liver Transplantation program in the institute in 2011 and have successfully done >60 deceased donor liver transplants (DDLT) in last 7 years. As the experience and number of patients undergoing liver transplantation increase, there will also be introduction of living donor liver transplant (LDLT) programme in the institute. Running a successful liver transplantation programme in any institute is a team effort including surgeons, hepatologists, intensivists, radiologists, pathologists, nursing staff and transplant co-ordinators. The duties of the team start with the arrival of a potential donor and the work up of the donor. The team maintains a waiting list of recipients by categorizing them according to their blood groups and severity of liver disease and recall of the potential recipient after the arrival of a potential donor. The surgery of liver transplantation is very complex and is time and technically demanding and requires coordination with various departments including the Departments of Anesthesia, Transfusion Medicine, Radiodiagnosis, Microbiology, Histopathology, Cardiology, Neurology etc. Post-transplant, the liver transplant team is involved in the immediate postoperative care including the complex immunosuppression and managing various vascular and biliary issues. Long-term care of patients undergoing liver transplantation also requires a coordinated team effort for these patients for managing their immunosuppression and long-term complications.Hence the liver transplant programme requires a full time team, and for the same we are expanding our pool of specialists to ensure appropriate functioning of the programme.