A LANDMARK YEAR FOR BGS GLENEAGLES GLOBAL HOSPITAL, BENGALURU AS IT SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES 500 KIDNEY TRANSPLANTS
• Earlier this year, the hospital had also completed 200 liver transplants, the highest number of liver transplants carried out by a single hospital in the state of Karnataka
• 17 ABO Incompatible kidney transplants
• 149 deceased donor kidney transplants
• Combined Kidney-Liver (10) & Kidney-Pancreas (09) transplants
• Performed 8 paediatric and 2 swap kidney transplantations
Bangalore: BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital continues to display it’s matchless expertise in the field of organ transplantation as it completes another record breaking achievement of concluding 500 kidney transplants. This feat has been achieved in just 9 years. They currently average 7-8kidney transplants a month and are one of the largest kidney transplant centres in the state. The team of doctors are specialized in managing complex cases and have carried out 17 ABO incompatible transplants, a statistic worth noting. The hospital has also handled 149 deceased donor kidney transplants, which is commendable considering that most hospitals predominantly carry out living donor kidney transplants. They have also been credited with the expertise to manage combined kidney-liver (10) & kidney-pancreas (09) transplants. The team has also successfully performed 8 paediatric and 2 swap kidney transplantations.
In 2018, the team of doctors performed 83 transplants, while in 2019 the number stands at 68 thus far, with a first year success rate of over 98%. This is in keeping with international standards. Within the hospital network that covers Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore, the BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital unit in Bangalore is known to have completed the highest number of kidney transplants.
The kidney transplant program is headed by Dr Anil Kumar BT, Transplant Physician& Dr Narendra, Transplant Surgeon. Commenting on the milestone, Dr Anil Kumar BT, Senior consultant Nephrologist & Transplant Physician at BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital, Bengaluru said, “Though kidney transplantation offers the best possible quality of life for patients with end stage renal disease, the rate of transplants in our country is much lower than in the developed world. The main reasons are decreased awareness, low education levels, lack of clear national policy, low rates of deceased donor donations and the decreasing number of living donor donations. We encourage more family members to come forward for organ donation so that the waiting period for receiving an organ through cadaver donations is reduced.”
Dr Narendra S, Senior Consultant Urologist and Transplant Surgeon, BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital, added “Many unfortunate ESRD patients do not receive an organ in time for the treatment of their condition. Cadaver or deceased donor kidneys can meet this demand. While organizations like Jeevasarthakathe and Mohan Foundation have played a significant role in increasing awareness, there still remains a huge wasted opportunity in organ donation. By continuing to create awareness among public, we can tackle this problem and reduce the burden of ESRD.”
As a pioneer in kidney transplant facilities, the hospital employs a skilled team that undertakes living donor, cadaver, paediatric, swap and ABO incompatible transplant surgeries amongst others. The department of kidney transplantations offers transplant services for primarily End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). While, there is no denying that there are patients from around Karnataka seeking treatment for ESRD, doctors have observed that the overwhelmingly sedentary lifestyle, increasing stress, pollution, higher incidence of diabetes and hypertension amongst the city population are the main factors triggering a rise in kidney diseases in the city of Bangalore.
Dr K Ravindranath, Founder and Chairman, Global Hospitals Group said “I would like to congratulate our team of Doctors, all clinical and non-clinical staff who have contributed to this milestone. This program is part of the larger program on transplants we run successfully across our group hospitals. As pioneers and leaders in this space of transplants for 20 years we have contributed several innovations that have helped patients live longer and healthier lives after transplants.”
The hospital reaches out to patients in the tier 2 cities & rural pockets of Karnataka like Ramanagara & Channapatna through regular medical outreach camps. These help identify patients who otherwise may not have access to the quality of medical care that is required to treat conditions such as ESRD. In these areas, doctors have observed that there is predominance in glomerular diseases, that is, those caused by an infection or a drug that is harmful to kidneys or due to conditions that affect the whole body like diabetes or lupus.