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Nepali Patients Can Get Heart and Lung Transplant Service at No Extra Cost as Foreigners: Indraprastha Apollo Hospital – myRepublica

KATHMANDU, June 5: Expert doctors have said that huge advancements in lung and heart transplantation have made it possible for patients in need of such transplants to avail such medical care in India at an affordable cost.

Visiting expert doctors from Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in New Delhi held an interaction with the healthcare fraternity in Kathmandu on Friday to update the latter on the progress made so far. They argued that heart and lung transplants – once considered hugely complicated – have now become both easier and more affordable compared to the past.

Dr. MS Kanwar, Senior Consultant in the Department of Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, said he has achieved great success in lung and heart transplantation over the past few years. “Advances in heart and lung transplants have made it easy for people in need to access medical care at an affordable cost,” he said.

It costs around $50,000 for the actual heart or lung transplant, while transporting the potential donor organ within six hours to the hospital may require a patient to charter a flight. Combining all associated costs, the transplant can cost between $60,000 and $70,000 depending on the condition of the patient and how quickly the organ donor is found.

Nepali patients can avail the service at the same rate as Indian nationals at no additional cost to other foreigners.

Doctors decide whether to proceed with a lung or heart transplant after carefully assessing the patients’ condition. Apollo Hospital has so far performed 196 successful lung transplants and a much higher number of heart transplants. According to doctors, there is an 88-90% survival rate in the first years of lung transplant and a 55% survival rate in the five years following the transplant.

Speaking to the Interaction Programme, Dr Kanwar said that lung transplantation is not just a surgical procedure, but a process starting with extensive pre-lung transplantation work and optimal stabilization of patients with lung diseases. end-stage like IFP, COPD, Emphysema, COVID Fibrosis, Pulmonary Hypertension and many more.

Dr. Kanwar said lung transplant surgery is complex and immediate and long-term postoperative care. “Lung transplants which have been popular in advanced countries for decades with a steady annual increase in the number of lung transplants, are now available in India as well with comparable results,” he said, adding that several patients internationals are currently being processed or awaiting processing. be stabilized or processed in their hospital for lung transplants.

Dr Mukesh Goyal, senior consultant in Cardiothoracic Surgery and Health and Lung Surgery, said patients should not let their guard down when it comes to their preventative checkups. “Today, the most complex lung and heart disease treatment modalities are available in India,” he said. “As a reason, the patient should eliminate the reluctance to delay diagnosis due to fear of being diagnosed with a complex disease. A disease treated early always has better results in terms of patient recovery.

The team of expert doctors led by Dr. Kanwar included Dr. Goyal and Dr. Vanita Arora, Senior Consultant, Cardiac Electrophysiologist and Interventional Cardiologist at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital. The team discussed the complexities of lung and heart diseases as well as the advanced treatment modalities available in India.

“In patients with reduced heart function, the cause of high mortality is either heart pump failure or sudden cardiac arrest. After careful consideration, patients can be saved by implanting resynchronization therapy devices cardiac or implantable cardioverter defibrillators,” Dr. Arora said. “Patients are taken off the transplant list once they are put on these devices.”