The skill-intensive surgery ensures fewer complications and reduced post-surgical stress for the patients
SIMS Hospitals (SRM Institutes for Medical Science) Vadapalani, in Chennai, performed successful liver transplant surgery under an operating microscope, marking a significant development in the field of liver transplant surgery in the State of Tamil Nadu. This skill-intensive microsurgical liver transplant reduces the post-surgical complications to a larger extent and ensures better outcomes for patients.
Sharing his thoughts on the successful transplant and the benefits of microsurgical liver transplant surgery, Dr S Vivekanandan, Lead Surgeon, Liver Transplant, SIMS, said, “Conventionally, liver transplants are done using magnifying glasses (also known as Surgical Loupes) to enhance visualisation of tissues and blood vessels. But, we at SIMS have performed a liver transplant surgery under an operating microscope, which is a first-of-its-kind in the state of Tamil Nadu. Surgical microscopes are generally used for brain and microvascular surgeries in India and only very few centres in the country perform liver transplant surgeries under a microscope. We are glad about our expertise we could perform this surgery successfully, with a very minimal complication for the patient, which I think should be the way forward.”
Speaking on the benefits of the microsurgical liver transplant, Dr Vivekanandan said, “The advantages of microsurgery technique over the conventional surgical methods are unquestionable and include the cleaner and smaller incisions, lesser haemorrhage, minimal tissue handling and a closer wound approximation. The microsurgical methods have shown far superior results against the procedures carried out conventionally, minimising the overall risk and post-surgical complications and stress for the patients.”
The surgeries done using surgical microscopes magnify the object under study from about 20 to 30 times and the approximation of tissues are more accurate, as thinner suture materials are used. Also, this technique helps in the reduction of tissue reactions, which in turn prevent blockage of tissues (thrombus formation) and narrowing (stricture) of the bile ducts in the long term.