PGI the first hospital to perform lung transplant in region


The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, is all set to perform lung transplant. If performed, it will be the first lung transplant in the region.

Lung transplantation is generally performed when people suffering with end-stage lung disease fail to get relief from any other medical treatment.

According to sources at the PGIMER, all necessary approvals and infrastructure in place and  the transplant would be performed in the next three months. The institute’s department of pulmonary medicine has already started screening patients who require lung transplant.

We had a meeting with representatives from AIIMS. They asked us to go ahead with lung transplant. They may follow after us,” said Dr Digambar Behera, head, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, PGI.

Talking to media, Dr Behera said the institute was all geared up with a team of surgeons ready for lung transplant.

According to Dr Behera, a team of experts from the institute has undergone successful training in the US for lung transplant or pulmonary transplantation.

Dr Ashutosh N Aggarwal, professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, PGI, said his department had already screened 200 patients who were potential candidates for lung transplant.“We already have a waiting list of patients ready with us,” he said.

He said: “A successful transplantation may increase survival of a patient with advanced lung disease with a five-year survival rate of 50 per cent. Moreover, there is no clearly successful lung transplant programme in the country as yet,” Dr Aggarwal said while listing numerous challenges of lung transplant.