KARACHI (Monitoring Desk) The Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Karachi, successfully conducted a liver auto-transplantation operation, first time in Pakistan. Officials said the liver of a 28-year-old cancer patient was removed from his body, the tumor was surgically removed, damaged veins were reconstructed, and the liver was re-implanted in his body. This the first surgery for live transplantation in Pakistan, which is successfully performed.
The patient has started to recover after the successful operation, according to DUHS. Prof Saeed Quraishy, Vice-Chancellor of Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), said Saturday that his team of liver transplantation in Pakistan surgeons had completed one of the most complex and advanced procedures known as liver auto-transplantation.
Prof Quraishy said a 28-year-old patient from Zhob town in Balochistan had reported to DUHS and was diagnosed with liver cancer, which had impaired some portion of the liver and some vital veins, at a seminar on “Liver, Kidney, and Bone Marrow Transplants at DUHS Hospital, meet the Experts,” sponsored by the Mir Khalil-ur-Rehman Memorial Society (MKRMS) at the varsity.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, he maintained that routine liver transplants were still being performed, and that six liver transplants had been successfully completed at the DUHS, with three more liver transplants scheduled to take place in the coming days.
Dr. Jahanzeb Hyder, a liver transplant surgeon at DUHS, said Pakistan needs hundreds of liver transplants per year due to liver cancer and hepatitis B and C injury.