Doctors at KIMS Perform India’s First “Breathing Lung” Transplant Surgery

Hyderabad, Dec 12: Doctors at the Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), have once again stamped their supremacy in lung transplant surgeries, by performing India’s first-ever “breathing lung (XVIVO organ perfusion system)”transplant in a middle aged patient with end stage interstitial Lung disease on 10 litre of oxygen support waiting since August 2021.

Breathing lung procedure can helps in mitigating the ill effects of cold ischemia time and improves lung function there by increasing the organ utilisation. This results in 30% more donor lung to be utilised by benefiting more recipients who are waiting for lung transplant. This procedure was performed in Hyderabad by Dr. Sandeep Attawar of KIMS Hospitals and his team today morning.

The idea of “breathing lung” is to run the lungs through a device that cools the organ while it breathes, nourishes it with a substrate enriched solution that has antibiotics which wipe out small traces of infection. cleaning of the air passages by means of bronchoscopy can be performed while on the machine as well as several tests can be done simultaneously to further assess and enhance the performance of the lung before it is cooled and then transplanted into the recipient.

Doctors at KIMS

Commenting on the procedure, Dr. Sandeep Attawar, Program Director – Lung Transplant program, KIMS Hospitals said, “This paradigm is the cutting edge of lung transplantation and is part of the organ regeneration concept. We at KIMS Hospitals are the first to take this unique approach in India, and with this we could provide best results in the long term. Only a select few transplant institutions in the United States, Canada, and Austria take this approach to enhance lung transplant outcomes.”

“Dr. Sandeep Attawar and his team of top experts have once again established their supremacy in the country in lung and heart transplant space.

By performing a highly complex procedure, they once again proved this is the best transplant team not just in India, but possibly in the whole of Asia. I congratulate the team and wish them many more successes in the times ahead,” added Dr. Abhinay Bollineni, Chief Executive Officer, KIMS Hospitals.

Dr Vijil Rahulan, Chief of Transplant Pulmonology commented that “Xvivo organ conditioning system is the cutting edge, state of the art system to improve organ function by perfusing organ with nutrient solutions and antibiotics to reduce injury to lung from cold ischemic transport in an icebox.

Doctors At KIMS Perform India’s First “Breathing Lung” Transplant Surgery
Doctors At KIMS Perform India’s First “Breathing Lung” Transplant Surgery

It is also used to condition the lung with growth factors to enhance lung function and to reduce edema of the lung. Overall this results in a better long term life of the transplanted Lung.


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