Unique surgery gives new life to diabetic patient

Unique surgery gives new life to diabetic patient
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Performing a breakthrough procedure, the transplant team at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) achieved a rare distinction of simultaneously transplanting kidney-pancreas on a 30-year-old type 1 diabetic patient.

Performing a breakthrough procedure, the transplant team at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) achieved a rare distinction of simultaneously transplanting kidney-pancreas on a 30-year-old type 1 diabetic patient. The procedure, led by senior transplant surgeon Dr Srinivas Prabhu Chava, is the first ever pancreatic transplant surgery to be performed in the State.

The 30-year-old patient, who has been suffering from diabetic problem for the last 19 years, developed further complications like impaired vision (or diabetic retinopathy), diabetic nephropathy and end stage kidney failure, severely hampering the quality of his life. The end stage kidney failure forced the patient to undergo haemodialysis regularly for the past one year. The deteriorating quality of life necessitated transplant of both kidney and pancreas.

(From left) Dr Srinivas Prabhu, Dr Bhaskar Rao, Kalyan Raju and Dr Shyam Kalavalapalli

Commenting on the success of this unique surgical procedure, Dr B Bhaskar Rao, chief cardio thoracic surgeon, managing director and CEO, KIMS, said, “We are proud of the team led by Dr Srinivas Chava that achieved this highly distinguished feat. On this occasion, we also remember the 42-year-old brain dead patient, whose family members kindly consented to donate the organs that gave life to others.”

Highlighting the need for such a unique procedure, Dr Srinivas Prabhu Chava, senior transplant surgeon, said, “The kidney-pancreatic transplant surgery would help enhance the longevity of the patient’s life and improve the quality of life. The best part of this procedure is that it also prevents or halts the progression of diabetic complications such as eye diseases, peripheral neuropathy and vascular diseases.”

Dr Srinivas Prabhu Chava and Dr Sahariah were supported by Dr Uma Maheswara Rao (kidney transplant), Dr Purnachandra Rao, Dr Chanakya (endocrinologist), Dr Naresh Kumar (anaesthesiologist), Dr Sambit (intensive care), Dr Amber (radiologist) and other members of the nursing staff in successfully performing the surgical procedure and in post-operative care.

Successful kidney-pancreas transplantation would help cure both kidney failure and type 1 diabetic mellitus simultaneously, and would held the patient get rid of dialysis and insulin use. Pancreatic transplantation can also be done after kidney is transplanted in some diabetic patients.

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