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Heart Transplant

Overview

Depatment of Heart Transplant, BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitalss Bangalore

A heart transplant is an operation where a healthy heart replaces a diseased or failing heart that a donor provides. It is the second option in case any medications or other surgeries do not work. BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals has amongst the best team of heart transplant surgeons and allied doctors in Bangalore who come together to treat patients who may need surgery for a heart transplant, in case of heart failure. 

Having one of the best heart surgeons, heart specialists, and best heart transplant doctors in Bangalore, we make sure that our patients are in the best of hands and are treated with the best surgical tools and technologies. Being one of the best hospitals for heart transplant surgery in Bangalore, we always live up to it and give love and care that a patient requires at that time. Heart transplants might be complicated, but with our treatments, we will make sure that we give you the best care possible. 

We are one of the best hospitals for treating heart failures, as we have given excellent results in the past. We offer all the information which one may need. We clear all the doubts and explain the process patiently. We understand the dilemma, and we are always there to help with it.  

Why choose BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals Bangalore for Heart Transplantation?

Known for being one of the best hospitals for the treatment of heart failure in Bangalore, doctors here at BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals are well trained and take the best care of patients. They coordinate with their whole team and work in many areas to give the best heart treatments, and the follow-up routine as well. 

The doctors here have extensive knowledge about heart transplant, heart failure surgeries, and the complications that come with it. They keep a tab on all the new technologies and operations with their research and case studies. Having the best specialists, surgeons, and doctors in Bangalore, we make sure we provide the best treatment in town. Heart transplants may be complicated, but having one of the best heart transplant specialists in Bangalore, we make sure that people always keep their hopes alive.

Diagonosis of Heart conditions

Heart failures have been one of the most common reasons for deaths in the past 15 years. Challenges such as fewer donors have given poor outcomes, and to overcome this keep up with the technological advancements is very important.  

The Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), Right Ventricular Assist Device (RVAD), and the Bi-Ventricular Assist Device (BiVAD) are one of the most successful treatments which have been proven to work in the case of heart failure. 

These are mechanical circulatory support devices that take over the functions of one of your ventricles. The mechanical circulatory support can help you while you wait for a donor for a heart transplant. And also, if you aren’t a candidate for a heart transplant, these devices can help you in the long-term. 

Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) provide mechanical circulatory support. These devices take over the functions of one of the chambers of the heart, collect blood from the chambers, and pump it in the body. There are three types: LVAD, RVAD, and BiVAD. 

  • The LVAD is a common type of VAD and helps your left ventricle, which is a bigger chamber of your heart, pump blood to your body. It’s a pump that’s implanted into your heart, and the tubes pump the blood in and out of your heart. Newer LVADs are coming in, which makes it easier to pump the blood and which makes it’s more efficient than the older ones.  
  • The RVAD is used for a short-term basis. It’s only used to support the right ventricle after LVAD surgery or any other heart surgery. The RVAD pumps blood to the lungs to pick up oxygen.  
  • The BiVAD (LVAD and RVAD) is used when both ventricles of the heart do not work correctly or are not pumping enough blood to meet the needs of the body. 

Treatment of Heart Failure

How does life change post-transplant?

When one goes through transplantation, they know that this is their last hope of living. It’s a completely different feeling after transplantation. One can feel and breathe better. The post-recovery is for 3-4 weeks, and they will get the energy in its due course of time. The medications which are given are necessary for the patient. They should be aware that they are living an immune-compromised status, so they need to make some changes to avoid infections.

Does blood type factor in the donor/recipient process?

It is very crucial for a successful transplant. Both need to have matching blood groups. It’s a general rule for any transplantation, but for children, it’s an exception.

Can the patient’s family to be with them during their hospitalization?

The only time the patient’s family cannot be with them is in the ICU. Family members can meet the patient during the visiting hours. It’s important to make sure that neither they nor the patient gets infected in any way.  

Will one experience pain after the surgery?

Generally, patients do not complain about the pain after the transplants. But incisions can sometimes cause discomfort, and that is also controlled through the medications, and some physiotherapy is also recommended post the surgery.

For how long is the patient hospitalized after the transplant?

It again depends on the condition of the patients. Some stay longer, and some recover faster. It wholly depends on how they take care of themselves to post-transplant. Regular medications, follow-ups, and willingness to recover faster plays a major role in the recovery. 

What is the life expectancy of a heart transplant recipient?

Nobody will really know how long can a recipient live after the transplant. But based on the previous records, those factors are how sick was the patient before the transplant and how well you take care of yourself after the transplant. 

How is the transplanted heart restarted in the recipient?

After the heart has been sewn in the recipient, the heart is allowed to profuse blood by the recipient, and later, the heart gently starts to beat to its normal pace. It is supported by an artificial circulatory machine till it’s able to contract on its own.

How long can the heart be stored?

The heart can be stored roughly for0 4-6 hours. It’s the best that’s allowed more than that can cause a lot of irreversible damage to the organ.

How is a donor’s heart preserved during the transplant?

It is placed inside a sterile bag, and this bag is then covered with multiple layers of sterile insulating material, and, lastly, it’s loaded in a clean and non-infected sterile container. All this prevents the heart from any damage during the process between getting it from the donor to the recipient.

What do status I and status II patients mean?

Status I is the top priority status of patients. These patients are critically unwell. They are on advanced life support, so any organ which is available first goes to the status I patients. Status II patients are the patients who can be called ‘walk and wounded’. These patients aren’t that sick and not on the highest priority list and can be considered later, for any transplant.

Is the heart transplant surgery very complicated?

It entirely depends on the patient’s conditions. Some patients might be very unwell, so we try to stabilize you before getting to the transplant list because it automatically reduces the risk of the procedure. Our surgeons and physicians will explain everything to you and educate you about the risks involved.

What happens when an organ is available?

Whenever an organ is available, the coordinator will contact the recipient for the transplant.It’s naturally unpredictable when a donor will be available, but it’s essential to identify the right recipient and inform them and prepare them for the transplant.

How standard is heart transplant? How many are performed yearly?

Approximately 3800 heart transplants are performed worldwide. According to the current stats, India performs roughly 70 heart transplants a year. There are a lot many patients who require advanced therapy, and India will be able to offer it in the next two decades.  

When and where was the 1st heart transplant performed?

The first heart transplant was performed nearly 50 years ago. It was performed by a South African surgeon, Dr Christiaan Barnard, in December 1967. There were around 100,000 surgeries performed in the last five decades, and it’s proven to be one of the most successful and safest operations for terminal heart disease. 

How long is the waiting period of the transplant?

It is very uncertain to determine the waiting period. It is usually between 2-6 months, but it also depends on how critical the condition is of the patient. The patient is also asked to visit the doctor once every one or two weeks to have a check on their health and to keep them ready for the transplant.

Is the evaluation of the transplant a complicated process?

It is an extensive process. It’s essential to understand the functions of your other organs (secondary organs) while we decide on a heart transplant. A cause for concern may be that after the operation, other organs may produce any infectious disease that can be threatening. So, to see if the patient’s body can take it or not, it’s essential to do the evaluation thoroughly. 

How will a transplant surgery change one’s life?

A transplant can drastically change the patient’s life. They must understand that they will have to follow the drugs’ regime, which they have been provided by their doctors post-transplant, and also have regular follow-ups with their doctors. They should also follow all the necessary instructions given to them, which they need to do in their daily lives, which can be washing their hands regularly, not overexposing themselves to the sun, etc.

What is the evaluation of a heart transplant?

To evaluate a heart transplant, we first lookout for alternatives. We try to find out if there are any other ways or methods through which the heart disease can be cured. Secondly, we also evaluate the chances of it being successful because of the after-effects of operations like viral infections, heart attacks, etc.

How do you know when you need a Heart Transplant?

You might need a heart transplant when your heart is failing or is not responding to any other treatments. End-stage heart failure is a disease when your heart is severely failing in pumping the blood to the other organs. Some causes of heart failure may include high BP, irregular heartbeats, alcoholism or drug abuse, low red blood count, etc. 

What is Gleneagles Global Heart Program?

We bring you an excellent set of cardiologists who are the best surgeons, doctors, and specialists in Bangalore, that will help you through this journey and give you the best treatment.  

How does life change post-transplant?

When one goes through transplantation, they know that this is their last hope of living. It’s a completely different feeling after transplantation. One can feel and breathe better. The post-recovery is for 3-4 weeks, and they will get the energy in its due course of time. The medications which are given are necessary for the patient. They should be aware that they are living an immune-compromised status, so they need to make some changes to avoid infections. 

Does blood type factor in the donor/recipient process?

It is very crucial for a successful transplant. Both need to have matching blood groups. It’s a general rule for any transplantation, but for children, it’s an exception.

Can the patient’s family to be with them during their hospitalization?

The only time the patient’s family cannot be with them is in the ICU. Family members can meet the patient during the visiting hours. It’s important to make sure that neither they nor the patient gets infected in any way.

Will one experience pain after the surgery?

Generally, patients do not complain about the pain after the transplants. But incisions can sometimes cause discomfort, and that is also controlled through the medications, and some physiotherapy is also recommended post the surgery.

For how long is the patient hospitalized after the transplant?

It again depends on the condition of the patients. Some stay longer, and some recover faster. It wholly depends on how they take care of themselves to post-transplant. Regular medications, follow-ups, and willingness to recover faster plays a major role in the recovery.

What is the life expectancy of a heart transplant recipient?

Nobody will really know how long can a recipient live after the transplant. But based on the previous records, those factors are how sick was the patient before the transplant and how well you take care of yourself after the transplant.

How is the transplanted heart restarted in the recipient?

After the heart has been sewn in the recipient, the heart is allowed to profuse blood by the recipient, and later, the heart gently starts to beat to its normal pace. It is supported by an artificial circulatory machine till it’s able to contract on its own.

How long can the heart be stored?

The heart can be stored roughly for0 4-6 hours. It’s the best that’s allowed more than that can cause a lot of irreversible damage to the organ. 

How is a donor’s heart preserved during the transplant?

It is placed inside a sterile bag, and this bag is then covered with multiple layers of sterile insulating material, and, lastly, it’s loaded in a clean and non-infected sterile container. All this prevents the heart from any damage during the process between getting it from the donor to the recipient.

What do status I and status II patients mean?

Status I is the top priority status of patients. These patients are critically unwell. They are on advanced life support, so any organ which is available first goes to the status I patients. Status II patients are the patients who can be called ‘walk and wounded’. These patients aren’t that sick and not on the highest priority list and can be considered later, for any transplant.

Is the heart transplant surgery very complicated?

It entirely depends on the patient’s conditions. Some patients might be very unwell, so we try to stabilize you before getting to the transplant list because it automatically reduces the risk of the procedure. Our surgeons and physicians will explain everything to you and educate you about the risks involved.

What happens when an organ is available?

Whenever an organ is available, the coordinator will contact the recipient for the transplant.It’s naturally unpredictable when a donor will be available, but it’s essential to identify the right recipient and inform them and prepare them for the transplant.

How standard is heart transplant? How many are performed yearly?

Approximately 3800 heart transplants are performed worldwide. According to the current stats, India performs roughly 70 heart transplants a year. There are a lot many patients who require advanced therapy, and India will be able to offer it in the next two decades.

When and where was the 1st heart transplant performed?

The first heart transplant was performed nearly 50 years ago. It was performed by a South African surgeon, Dr Christiaan Barnard, in December 1967. There were around 100,000 surgeries performed in the last five decades, and it’s proven to be one of the most successful and safest operations for terminal heart disease.

How long is the waiting period of the transplant?

It is very uncertain to determine the waiting period. It is usually between 2-6 months, but it also depends on how critical the condition is of the patient. The patient is also asked to visit the doctor once every one or two weeks to have a check on their health and to keep them ready for the transplant.

Is the evaluation of the transplant a complicated process?

It is an extensive process. It’s essential to understand the functions of your other organs (secondary organs) while we decide on a heart transplant. A cause for concern may be that after the operation, other organs may produce any infectious disease that can be threatening. So, to see if the patient’s body can take it or not, it’s essential to do the evaluation thoroughly. 

How will a transplant surgery change one’s life?

A transplant can drastically change the patient’s life. They must understand that they will have to follow the drugs’ regime, which they have been provided by their doctors post-transplant, and also have regular follow-ups with their doctors. They should also follow all the necessary instructions given to them, which they need to do in their daily lives, which can be washing their hands regularly, not overexposing themselves to the sun, etc. 

What is the evaluation of a heart transplant?

To evaluate a heart transplant, we first lookout for alternatives. We try to find out if there are any other ways or methods through which the heart disease can be cured. Secondly, we also evaluate the chances of it being successful because of the after-effects of operations like viral infections, heart attacks, etc.

How do you know when you need a Heart Transplant?

You might need a heart transplant when your heart is failing or is not responding to any other treatments. End-stage heart failure is a disease when your heart is severely failing in pumping the blood to the other organs. Some causes of heart failure may include high BP, irregular heartbeats, alcoholism or drug abuse, low red blood count, etc.

What is Gleneagles Global Heart Program?

We bring you an excellent set of cardiologists who are the best surgeons, doctors, and specialists in Bangalore, that will help you through this journey and give you the best treatment.  

Best Heart transplant Surgeons, and Specialists in Bangalore

The Heart Transplant Program at BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bangalore, brings in the best doctors, specialists, and surgeons in Bangalore to provide the best treatment one can get. They have the knowledge and the skills to provide the best care one needs in their treatments. Being one of the best hospitals for treatment of heart failure in Bangalore, make sure that our doctors trained enough and equipped to deal with end-stage heart failure.  

We make sure to evaluate the patients to make them mentally and physically fit to undergo the rigorous treatment. And once the tests are done, the team will educate the patent and the family about the whole process of a heart transplant. There are different specialists involved in making sure that everything goes right during the whole process, including the best heart transplant surgeon in Bangalore. Once the treatment is done, patients should go through post-transplant rehabilitation. Our team will be fully dedicated and involved to make sure that the patient has a fulfilling and comfortable life post-transplant.

Dr Sandeep Attawar: Heart & Lung Transplant Surgeon | Doctors & Surgeon Image| BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bangalore
Dr Sandeep Attawar

MBBS, MS Gen Surgery, M.Ch (Cardiac Surgery)

Director & Chair of Heart & Lung Transplant Program

Dr Madhusudana N: Best Consultant Cardio Vascular & Thoracic Surgeon | Doctors & Surgeon Image | BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bangalore
Dr Madhusudana N

MBBS, MS (General Surgery), MCh (Cardiothoracic Surgery)

Consultant Cardio Vascular & Thoracic Surgeon

Dr Bhaskar B V

MBBS, MS(General Surgery), M.Ch (Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery)

Sr. Consultant & Head (Cardio Thoracic Surgery)

Dr A M Kuttappa

MBBS, MD (Anesthesiology), F.R.C.A,

Senior Resident

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