Liver Transplant in Pakistan – A Milestone Achieved

Liver transplant is a treatment option for people with liver failure and for some people with liver cancer who have significant complications due to end-stage chronic liver disease. The chronic liver failure may be caused by a variety of conditions. Among other causes, Hepatitis B & C viruses remain the major cause of cirrhosis leading to liver failure and liver transplant. Cirrhosis is so far the most frequently cited reason for a liver transplant.

It is estimated that over 2.5 million people in Pakistan require Liver Transplantation at any stage during their treatment. The availability of sustainable and quality Liver Transplantation & Hepatobiliary surgery services in Pakistan is a great benefit to the local population, which previously had no option than to go overseas for the treatment.

Today, Pakistan is among the World’s leading nations who have been successfully providing Liver Transplantation services to their people in conformity with International quality & patient safety standards. It is a landmark achievement in Pakistan’s medical history that such a complex and advanced surgical treatment has been provided at Shifa International Hospital Islamabad to Pakistanis by utilizing the expertise of Pakistani healthcare professionals.

Living-Donor liver transplant services currently being offered at Shifa International Hospital are currently one of the most complete and comprehensive services offered in the country, with the highest success rate and the largest liver transplant team in the country. Our transplant program has been running since 2009 to ensure that the people of Pakistan get no less than the best treatment available. Strict adherence to quality guidelines and a multi-disciplinary team of specialists make our liver transplant program, Pakistan’s leading transplant program.

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Pre-Liver Transplant Evaluation & Care
This is a preliminary stage in Liver Transplant process for determining the candidacy of the patient. In the process, our transplant team reviews the medical history, conducts diagnostic testing and clinical assessment of the patient. To help the patient get a thorough understanding and prepare them mentally for the procedure, our transplant team performs general health examination, psychological evaluation, legal and financial counseling sessions with the patient.

Donor Assessment
Donor assessment is a mandatory process to ensure the liver donor is in a good state of health and the donation will not compromise his/her wellbeing. Our multidisciplinary team performs a series of tests and scans to ensure the optimum physical and mental health of the donor.

Post Liver Transplant Evaluation & Care
After liver transplantation surgery the patient requires careful examination and screening tests to make sure the transplanted liver has started to function. Once the tests are complete, our transplant team prescribes follow-up visits to dispense aftercare and oversee the recovery.

Offering Living Donor Liver Transplant Surgery
Shifa International Hospital has so far performed more than 950 Living Donor Liver Transplants with success ratio of more than 85%, which is comparable to International standards.

Advanced Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Services
Shifa Liver Surgery unit is one of the largest HPB/ Liver transplant unit in Pakistan and providing a comprehensive range of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic services apart from Living Donor Liver transplants. We treat all kind of biliary, pancreas and liver diseases by conventional and minimally invasive techniques.

Commonly treated conditions are as below, including:

  • Liver: Liver resections for Hepatocellular carcinoma (growth in liver), benign liver lesions, liver cysts, hemangiomas.
  • Biliary: Surgery for gallstones (cholecystectomy)/ bile duct stones, bile ducts strictures, cholangiocarcinoma and choledochal cysts.
  • Pancreas: whipple for Pancreatic tumors (removal of distal part of stomach and part of pancreas), pancreatic cysts, chronic pancreatitis.
  • Living donor Living Transplants for adults/ paediatrics in cases of cirrhosis/end stage liver diseases/ hepatocellular carcinoma.
  • Being a pioneering institution of HPB/ Liver transplant, our experienced faculty seems to be quite innovative and actively participates in national/ international academic and research activities.