Believe it or not, a heart transplant is a relatively simple operation for a cardiac surgeon. In fact, the procedure actually consists of three operations.
The first operation is harvesting the heart from the donor. A donor is usually an unfortunate person who has suffered an irreversible brain injury, called “brain death”. Very often these are patients who have had major trauma to the head, for example, in an automobile accident. The victim’s organs, other than the brain, are working well with the help of medications and other “life support” that may include a respirator or other devices. A team of physicians, nurses, and technicians goes to the hospital of the donor to remove donated organs once the brain death of the donor has been determined. The removed organs are transported on ice to keep them alive until they can be implanted. For the heart, this is optimally less than six hours. So, the organs are often flown by airplane or helicopter to the recipient’s hospital.
The second operation is removing the recipient’s damaged heart. Removing the damaged heart may be very easy or very difficult, depending on whether the recipient has had previous heart surgery (as is often the case). If there has been previous surgery, cutting through the scar tissue may prolong and complicate the removal of the heart.
The third operation is probably the easiest; the implantation of the donor’s heart. Today, this operation basically involves the creation of only five lines of stitches, or “anastomoses”. These suture lines connect the large blood vessels entering and leaving the heart. Remarkably, if there are no complications, most patients who have had a heart transplant are home about one week after the surgery. The generosity of donors and their families makes organ transplants possible.
If the heart of a person due to certain disease or damage has stopped responding, in such cases Heart transplant is carried out. The condition for the same being that the rest of the body of the person is under proper functioning. Also, no other treatment or heart procedure is effective or responsive, the last option is to carry out the heart transplant to save the life of a person. Some of the common conditions in which it becomes highly important to perform a heart transplant are:
Before you decide to go for Heart Transplant, it is very important that you consider the treatment from a highly qualified heart surgeon or specialist as there are lots of treatments and procedures to cure your heart disease. only once you find out that Heart Transplant is the only solution, then opt for it. There are many cardiologists available in India working with different multi-specialty hospitals who perform Heart Transplant in India and have almost 100% success rate.
The cost of a heart transplant in India is starting from USD 50,000. It may vary to some extent depending on the complexity of the treatment. Heart Transplants in India cost far less in comparison to other developed countries. If you talk about the US, then Heart Transplant Cost in India is about one-tenth of the total expenses carried out in the US. The cost of a heart transplant determined in India is inclusive of all your medical tourism costs. It includes:
Specialty: Multi Speciality
Established In: 1992
Fortis Malar Hospital is based out of Chennai and is known for providing the top-class medical integrated service across India.
Established In: 1983
Apollo Hospitals, Chennai is the first multi-specialty corporate hospital developed in Chennai. It is the first hospital in India, not only in Chennai, to receive ISO 9002 and ISO 140001 certifications.
Specialty: Multi Speciality
Established In: 1999
Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai is a part of the world’s best chain of hospitals, IHH that is spread along Asia with its branches in Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey, and India.
Experience: 34 Years
Hospital: Fortis Escorts and Heart Institute
About: Dr. Ashok Seth is the current Chairman of Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi and Head, Cardiology Council of Fortis Group of Hospitals. His contributions in the field of Cardiology, especially Interventional Cardiology have been recognized extensively in India as well as across the world. During his career span of 30-years, he has pioneered numerous angioplasty techniques Directional Atherectomy, Angioscopy, Stents, Thrombectomy devices and Drug-Eluting Stents, use of Impella heart support device failing heart, Bioabsorbable Stents and TAVI and implemented it successfully both in India and other regions in the Asia Pacific. He has performed one of the highest numbers of angiographies and angioplasties which has been mentioned in the ‘LIMCA Book of Records’.
Experience: 49 Years
Hospital: Medanta – The Medicity
About: Dr. Naresh Trehan, a graduate from King George Medical College, is a renowned Cardiovascular and Cardiothoracic surgeon, trained and practiced at New York University Medical Centre Manhattan USA. He is also recognized by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Naresh Trehan is the Chairman & Managing Director, Medanta – The Medicity, an 1500 bedded multi-super specialty institute, which offers cutting edge technology and state of art treatment facilities at an affordable cost. The Institute is governed under the guiding principles of providing medical services to patients with care, compassion, and commitment. Before living his dream, Dr. Trehan was the executive director and founder of the Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, the center was conceptualized, created and managed by Dr. Trehan (from 1987 to May 2007). He has received many prestigious awards, including the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan Award, presented by the Government of India. He was the President of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (ISMICS), Minneapolis, USA 2004-05 and has also received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from three prestigious universities
Education: MBBS, MS, FRCS
Specialty: Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon
Experience: 34 year
Hospital: Narayana Multispeciality Hospital
About: Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty is one of the most renowned Cardiothoracic
Surgeon in Bangalore. Dr. Shetty has been awarded ‘Padma Shri’, the fourth highest civilian award in India and ‘Padma Bhushan’, the third-highest civilian award by the Government of India for his contribution to healthcare. With an experience of over 34+ years, he has performed over 15,000 heart operations among which 5000 were performed on kids. Dr. Shetty has completed his MBBS & MS from the eminent Kasturba Medical College. Following which he did his FRCS from the West Midlands Cardio-Thoracic Rotation Program between Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry and East Birmingham Hospital.