Batumi referral hospital, Georgia. Liver transplant
Batumi Referral Hospital opened its doors in February 2013 and is a multi-profile regional referral hospital, catering to the population of Adjara (a region near the Black Sea). It serves west Georgia with a population of approximately 139,000 people.
The hospital employs the leading physicians in the region and has a strong reputation. It performed the first successful liver transplant in Georgia in December 2014, which further supported the reputation of this facility which we continue to build on by improving the quality of patient care by standardising processes and enhancing our service offering. The hospital has an emergency department, offers outpatient and inpatient primary and secondary care services and refers patients to clinics in Tbilisi.
Highly trained medical staff, an advanced technological infrastructure and competitive pricing make Georgia a popular destination for international patients seeking high quality healthcare.
EVEX’s dedicated international patients division provides full support and advice for patients visiting their hospitals including assistance with finding the right treatment and doctor, help with travel arrangements, arranging appointments, translation services, airport pick up by car or ambulance and assistance in arranging post-discharge accommodation for patients and their travelling companions.
Batumi Referral Hospital works closely with many international insurance companies. The hospital also welcomes patients who wish to self-pay and accepts payment by credit card (MasterCard, Visa or American Express), cash and online transfer.
What is the living donor transplant?
Living donor liver transplantation requires a big operation to remove a portion of a healthy person's liver and put it into a person who has a sick liver. Liver transplantation is an only treatment of choice during End Stage Liver Diseases (ESLD). End Stage Liver Diseases represent one of the high priority issue for World Health Organisation due to its high rates of morbidity and mortality worldwide. According to ofﬁcial statistics, mortality rates due to ESLD is about 2,500 deaths annually for USA. Subsequently, number of patients who need liver transplantation as a treatment increases progressively. Main goal of liver transplantation is to increase life expectancy and quality of life of ESLD patients. Several internationally acknowledged standards need to be met as to be eligible for liver transplantation operation. Criteria are need to be assessed by team of qualiﬁed professionals.
Who needs a liver transplant?
Any patient suffering from liver cirrhosis who is assessed to have a life expectancy of less than a year should be considered for a transplant. Severity of liver diseases is graded from A to C. Usually all Grade C and most grade B patients are candidates for the transplant.
- High tech liver ICU;
- New infrastructure and comfortable environment;
- UP to date treatment approaches and technologies;
- Latest technology equipment and infrastructure facilities;
- ISO 9001:2015 certiﬁed clinical laboratory;
- Well trained experienced and dedicated doctors and para medical staff;
- Patient centered and safe medical care.
Who can be a liver donor?
As to perform liver transplantation, organ donor and recipient should be relatives, which need to be justiﬁed by identiﬁcation cards, birth or marriage certiﬁcates. In all other cases court decisions upon transplantation are needed. An evaluation process will be completed to determine if candidates can safely donate their liver.
Stages of Liver Transplantation Operation
- Preoperative care (during this period consultations, lab and imaging studies are conducted);
- Transplantation operation;
- Postoperative care.
After surgery, patients undergo treatment with speciﬁed pharmaceutical agents and during this period patient needs to be under close observation by doctor. Before surgical treatment patients' clinical status and prognostic outcome are assessed thoroughly.
First successful transplantation in Georgia has been carried out on 14th of December of 2014 year at Batumi Referral Hospital. Since 2014, we have performed up to 20 Living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). Our statistics for patient survival and postsurgical complications do correspond to statistics of worlds' leading transplantology centers.
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