1. The family should contact Dr.A.S.Soin by e-mail, and send all the patient's relevant medical records by e-mail or fax or courier.
2. After reviewing the medical details, Dr.A.S.Soin will
write back his opinion and whether the
patient needs a liver transplant (or some other liver operation).
3. If the patient wishes to pursue the transplant or other treatment at Medanta – The Medicity Dr.Soin will then send all the financial details and donor requirements that are relevant to the case.
4. In case a transplant is advised, the family should identify the prospective liver donor(s) and inform Dr.Soin. He will then advise some basic tests for the donor(s) in their home country so that the chances of the donor being finally accepted at Delhi NCR (Gurgaon) are high and there is minimal delay in the transplant. The criteria for the suitable donor are given below.
5. Once the donor is identify and tested, and the family is ready to travel to Delhi NCR, Dr.Soin's office will help in the visa process.
6. Upon arrival at Delhi, the patient and his attendant's will be received at the airport by a hospital vehicle. The patient will then normally be taken to the hospital (½ hour drive from the airport) and admitted there straightaway. One attendant is allowed to stay with the patient unless the patient is in the ICU. With prior notice, A/C accommodation can be arranged near the hospital for the other attendants where they will be transferred from the airport.
7. Emergency Ambulance and Transport Services
Our hospital provides emergency transportation of patients from within India and abroad both by land, air and train.
Assuming that a family donor is available, the patient should come over to Delhi with the idea of being here for a total of about 3 months including per-transplant evaluation and preparation, the actual transplant and stabilization in the immediate post transplant follow up period.
At Medanta – The Medicity, a transplant evaluation will first be carried out to see if the patient needs transplant and whether he is fit for it. If a transplant is deemed suitable, the next step is to get a donor liver. If the patient waits for a cadaveric liver, his transplant will take place whenever the liver becomes available (few months). If he gets a family donor along, the transplant can take place within 15-20 days of reaching here. We get cadaver livers from time to time (although infrequently) but do not provide living donors.
After transplant, the patient will have to be in hospital for a month and in the vicinity of the hospital for follow up for another 4-6 weeks. After that Dr.A.S.Soin team will establish contact with the patient's local liver specialist and make arrangements for the patient's long term follow up in his home country. From about 2-3 months after transplant, most patients lead an amazingly normal life.
The family donor is discharged from hospital after 7-10
days and allowed to go back to their country 10-15 days
after which he is completely normal in every respect as
he was before the liver donation.