Doctors at Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur performed a landmark swap kidney transplant surgery through laparoscopic technique, a first in the state.

A team of doctors at Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur performed a landmark surgery when a swap kidney transplant was conducted through laparoscopic technique, a first in the state. All the FOUR surgeries were completed within SIX hours by the team consisting of two surgeons, two nephrologist, four anaesthetics and support staff.

In the case, the mother of 24 year old man from Haryana was willing to donate her kidney to her son but it did not match with him. Wife of 44 year old man from Rajasthan wanted to save her husband’s life by donating one of her kidneys, but she did not match. Doctors treating both the men of renal failures in Jaipur got in touch with each other, necessary permission was taken from the state government to swap the donors and a landmark surgery was performed on them at Fortis escorts hospital on July 27.

Kidney failure is the extreme state of kidney diseases that is on rise due to increase in lifestyle and metabolic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, to name a few. The transplant of kidney is required for diseases that are not curable. However, due to nuclear families, numbers of legal donors are plummeting, and patients struggle to find a suitable donor outside the family.

“Swipe kidney transplant in India is permissible by a person who is related to the patient. However, in this case, the potential donors were not related to the respective recipients which posed a challenge in terms of getting permissions for the process – we had to take permissions from no objection certificate from state government. An expert team of two surgeons, two nephrologists, 4 Anaesthetics along with support staff chose to perform this process laparoscopically and it took us 6 hours to perform the surgery that was done at the same time on all 4 of them. Dr Ajay Singh, Nephrologist in a private hospital who was treating Mr Kanaram. When Dr Ajay Singh find that Kanaram’s wife can’t donate her kidney to his husband because of the different blood groups, he shared the case with other Doctors including me, fortunately we have second family’s details in our records which matched the donor’s & recipient’s medical needs,” said Dr Sandeep Gupta, Additional Director- Urology, Andrology & Kidney Transplant Surgery, Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur.

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