Heart & Lung Transplantation Surgeries [Blog]

Heart & Lung Transplantation Surgeries [Blog]

When was the first human to human heart transplant done?

First successful human to human heart transplantation was done in the world by Dr. Christiaan Barnard on 3rd of December, 1967 in South Africa. So far over 100000 heart transplants, over 40000 lung transplants and over 4000 combined heart and lung transplants are done.

When do we need heart and lung transplantations?

For us to be healthy, all organs in the body need to work normally. All organs in the body are interdependent. Even if one organ is effected, if it is not corrected, other organs will start failing and patient can die. When that organ is irreversibly damaged, sometimes it need to be replaced. That is how kidney transplantation is done when kidneys are damaged, liver transplantation is done when liver is damaged.

Similarly heart or lungs and sometimes both can get damaged due to some known and some unknown conditions. Initially drugs and sometimes surgeries like bypass and valve surgeries are tried. If they do not help and patient has worsening symptoms-breathing difficulty, low blood pressure, swelling of feet, need for repeated admissions, need for oxygen supplementation at rest, then we do some tests. After that if the doctor feels that patient is unlikely to live longer with the present treatment, then transplantation is advised. Depending on whether heart or lungs or both are affected, we need to change it to make patient live longer.

What is the survival rate for heart transplant patients?

After transplantation, patient’s symptoms improve and many of them have good quality of live with increased longevity. 10yrs survival after Heart Transplantation is around 75% and after Lung Transplantation is around 50%.

Who is the first successful heart transplant surgeon in India?

In India, first successful heart transplant was done by Prof. Venugopal on 3rd of August, 1994 at All India Institute of Medical sciences, New Delhi.

Who is the first successful heart transplant surgeon in South India?

In the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Alla Gopala Krishna Gokhale did the first successful heart transplant at Global Hospitals, Hyderabad on 6th of February 2004.

Dr. Gokhale did the first successful heart transplant in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on 8th of September 2012. Nearly 125 heart transplants and about 20 lung transplants are done in India so far. Dr Gokhale has done 34 heart transplant surgeries in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Till date he has performed more than 15000 plus open heart surgeries.

Which hospital does free heart surgeries for poor in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh?

Anyone who is suffering from heart problems with a poor economic condition (White Ration Card Holders) in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh can contact Guntur Government Hospitals for Free Open Heart Surgeries.