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PGI docs are better, Pak knows it now!

SGPGIMS DOCS do what Delhi surgeons couldn?t and send a jaundiced liver transplant patient from Pakistan back home happy and healthy. That?s great. That?s special. And that?s how PGI docs are promoting medical tourism.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 00:44 IST

SGPGIMS DOCS do what Delhi surgeons couldn’t and send a jaundiced liver transplant patient from Pakistan back home happy and healthy.

That’s great. That’s special. And that’s how PGI docs are promoting medical tourism.

A Pakistani national Arif Mohd (36) underwent live donor liver transplant at the Gangaram Hospital in New Delhi. But, the narrowing of bile duct at the joint caused complexities. Doctors Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences Dr Rajan Saxena performed successful Endo-retrograte Cholagio-pancreatography (ERCP) to give a normal life to the patient.

Arif Mohd of Faislabad (Pakistan) underwent a liver transplant at New Delhi in December 2004. This was because Arif had liver failure due to Hepatitis C related to cirrhosis. He got the right liver lobe donated by his brother and Arif’s liver was replaced successfully.

But complications started for Arif and in January 2006 doctors at the same hospital declared that he had life threatening complexities. Arif had jaundice, fever with chills and rigors. Anastomatic Bilary Stricture with Arif immediately needed widening of the joint.

He needed Precutaneous Bilary Stenting or a combined procedure for opening of bilary stricture without a second operation. As this particular operation was currently not possible at the Sir Gangaram Hospital doctors referred him to SGPGIMS for treatment in March this year.

Doctors at Sir Gangaram Hospital had already tried out Endo-retrograte Cholagio-pancreatography (ERCP)to save the life of this man from the neighbouring Pakistan. But this could not succeed.

Dr Sanjay S Baijal (inteventional radiologist), Dr Vivek A Saraswat (hepatologist), Dr Rajan Saxena (transplant surgeon) and Dr G Choudhari (gastroenterology) examined the patient here. The patient was admitted to the hospital under Dr Rajan Saxena.

The ERCP was performed on Arif on March 22. The process was successful and he has already left for Pakistan.

Briefing about the successful operation doctors said super specialty and expertise at SGPGIMS can be utilised for promoting Medical Tourism in the country.

“Every year we get patients from other countries and even complex ones are treated successfully. If this is publicised among patients from other countries we may get more cases and earn name for the country,” said Dr Saraswat, who was actually requested to perform the operation in New Delhi.

The doctors said that since Medical Tourism is a growing field in the world why not to trap it with the expertise available in the country.

The information about medical tourism would soon be available on the institute website to invite more such patients.

Arif is likely in need for two more sessions of ERCP for dialatation of stricture and stenting till he achieves normal caliber of the bile ducts, said Dr Saxena.

First Published: Apr 18, 2006 00:44 IST