The eight-month-old baby boy from Ahmedabad was detected with Crigler Najjar syndrome, a rare metabolic liver disease two months back
In the first such surgery in Western India, a team led by Dr Gaurav Chaubal, Director – Liver, Pancreas & Intestine Transplant Program and HPB Surgery, Global Hospitals, Parel successfully performed a Total (Skin to skin) Robotic Donor Hepatectomy for a transplant on an eight-month-old baby suffering from a rare metabolic liver disease called Crigler Najjar syndrome giving him a new lease of life.
The eight-month-old baby boy from Ahmedabad was detected with Crigler Najjar syndrome, a rare metabolic liver disease two months back. The elder sibling had died of the same condition. The child had jaundice, diarrhoea, vomiting and repeated episodes of fever and was referred for urgent transplant to Global Hospitals, Mumbai. After doing a complete assessment, the family was counselled that he required an urgent Living Donor Liver Transplant and his mother came forth to donate a part of her liver.
Dr Chaubal said, “Complete robotic donor hepatectomy offers various benefits to the patient like a very small scar below the waistline instead of the usual inverted L-shaped scar in open surgeries. The robotic system provides enhanced precision and control, also helps reduce the amount of blood loss during surgery and has lower rates of complications compared to Open hepatectomy, including a lower risk of infection, postoperative pain, and abdominal wall hernias. Due to all these advantages, the recovery is also faster and the mother who was the donor, in this case, was discharged on the 3rd postoperative day cutting down the hospital stay to half of the open surgeries.
“It is a proud moment for Global Hospitals as this is the first robotic donor hepatectomy done end to end (Skin to Skin) in the first attempt in Western India. The Da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgery System allows computer-guided, magnified, 3-D visualization and has impressive results. We are happy to offer this advanced surgical modality to patients as this will help them quickly recover post-surgery and faster discharges,” said Dr Vivek Talaulikar, CEO, Global Hospitals, Parel, Mumbai.