After successfully performing a heart transplant, the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, now plans to start pancreas transplant.
PGIMER director Yogesh Chawla on Saturday announced that the institute would be able to carry on with pancreas transplant as the required formalities had been completed.
Organ transplant has remained an area of focus at the institute in past couple of years. In 2011, the institute performed first successful liver transplant and last year it performed a successful heart transplant.
The institute has a huge potential for organ transplant as it gets a large number of cases of brain injuries. Many of them are declared brain dead, who are in irreversible condition but their organs can be translated in other people successfully. These are called deceased donor. According to experts, deceased donors can donate any organ which can benefit up to 50 people, including saving lives of about 10 patients.
Living donors can donate a kidney, a lobe (part) of a lung, half of a liver, which grows back to normal size in both the donor's and in the recipient's body over time, a section of intestine or a part of pancreas.
Significantly, a pancreas transplant is generally required in patients who suffer end-stage diabetes.