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Where liver surgery won’t give you a heart attack

delhi Updated: May 17, 2012 01:49 IST
Jaya Shroff Bhalla

While a liver transplant at a private hospital can leave you poorer by Rs.20 lakh, the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) offers you the same procedure at half the cost.

The only government hospital doing live donor liver transplants in Delhi, ILBS charges Rs.11.5 lakh for the surgery on both children and adults.

This is in stark contrast to private set-ups, which charge Rs.18 to Rs.20 lakh for adults and Rs.11 to Rs.12 lakh for children. Located at a quiet corner in sector D of Vasant Kunj, the hospital has done 49 transplants so far, with a success rate of 90%. Little Ayush Chouhan underwent a liver transplant in April. He is all set to go home in a few days. "I am waiting to play cricket with my colony friends. Earlier, I would only watch them play because of my health," he said. "Ayush had liver cirrhosis of unknown etiology, in which the cause is unknown. He was very weak when he came in, but now he is fighting fit," said Dr TK Chattopadhyay, a senior liver surgeon at ILBS. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/5/17_05-pg-04a.jpg

“We are the only hospital with a dedicated paediatric hepatology ward, with a neo-natal intensive care unit and trained staff to perform post-transplant surgeries on babies,” said Dr Seema Alam, additional professor at unit of pediatric hepatology. Case study

High-end equipment
Besides transplants, the hospital specialises in treating complex cases of cirrhosis, cysts, liver trauma, liver-bile duct, pancreatic cancers and metastatic neuro-endocrine tumours.

ILBS is the first centre in the government sector with a fibroscan to detect liver fibrosis non-invasively.

“Fibroscan utilises a form of ultra-sonography to measure the stiffness of the liver without entering it. This makes assessing the severity of the liver disease very simple,” said Dr SK Sarin, director and senior liver surgeon at ILBS.

“We also have a highly advanced hepatic hemodynamic laboratory — one of its kind in Asia — to gauge liver pressure,” said Sarin.

Bed charges at the three general wards of the centrally air-conditioned speciality hospital are Rs.500 per night. The wards adhere to a classic design — the nursing station is situated at the centre of the room, giving the nursing attendants a clear view of all the beds. This is a concept that exists in medical textbooks only, owing to the space crunch at almost 90% of hospitals.

“My husband has been undergoing treatment for end-stage liver disease at ILBS for the past two years. Initially, we spent about Rs.2 lakh towards treatment, but since my husband lost his job, treatment here has been given for free,” said Rani Devi, 36, from Nangloi.

The ultra-modern operating suites and intensive care units — liver transplant ICU and surgical ICU — match the best in the industry.

The hospital’s proximity to the airport is an advantage for times when critical patients have to be airlifted from other parts of the country and brought to the speciality centre.