Dr. Bipin Vibhute performed the first two-way transplant swap at Sahyadri Super Speciality Hospital. Two relatives from Ahmednagar, who were unaware of their shared fate, were saved by a unique liver swap transplant performed by Dr Bipin Vibhute, head of Liver and Multi-organ Transplant department at Sahyadri Hospitals. Swap transplant is one where a patient’s relative donates his or her organs (one kidney or part of liver) to another patient. In return, the latter patient’s relative will donate their organ to first patient. A liver swap is rare because patients don’t survive for long. In this case, both patients were suffering from liver cirrhosis. Although each donor was linked to one of the recipients, their livers were not compatible, according to the experts. Dr. Vibhute made the decision to conduct a two-way transplant.
Swap transplants had previously been performed in well-known locations like Mumbai and Delhi, but the current procedure in Pune was a first of its sort. These transfers often save the lives of recipients whose family are physically healthy but unable to donate owing to blood type incompatibility or liver size. Two donors and two recipients underwent procedures at the same time to complete the two transplants. To complete this enormous task, a medical team of 25 people—25 people, including 11 doctors and other medical staff—worked together in four operating rooms for more than 20 hours.
Prior to such treatments, Dr. Vibhute underlined the critical significance that patient counselling plays. The main difficulty encountered was carrying out all four surgeries at once in four operating rooms, from giving out anaesthetic to finishing the transplant.