SKIMS Soura achieves milestone by performing Swap Kidney Transplant

Srinagar: For the first time, Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science (SKIMS) Soura achieved a major milestone with Doctors performing a successful Swap Kidney Transplant on Friday.
The Department of Urology & Kidney Transplant SKIMS achieved this major milestone for the first time by performing a successful swap kidney transplant in Jammu & Kashmir, a SKIMS statement said.
Director SKIMS / EOSG complimented Prof. Saleem Wani HOD Urology & KTU and associate departments for this significant achievement.
He said patient care is top priority at SKIMS & the swap transplant done by the Department of Urology & KTU is a major breakthrough in kidney transplant and our commitment towards new advances in patient care.
HOD, Urology & KTU Prof.Wani while giving details said that “this is a landmark surgery done by the SKIMS and is a major milestone set in the kidney transplantation”.
He said one patient aged 59 years from South Kashmir suffering from diabetes and End Stage Renal Disease. The patient on dialysis since November 2022 had a wife as his only kidney donor. However they had positive CDC crossmatch due to which kidney transplant was not possible.
While as another patient from Bandipora aged 33 years with CKD stage 5 had mother as his only kidney donor whose Blood group did not match which precluded kidney transplant.
On swap (donor exchange) both patients received blood group matched and immunologically compatible kidney donation.
Prof. Wani Stressed that “Swap Transplant is one of the ways to counter organ shortage as organ shortage is a main hurdle in kidney transplant”,he added.
The HOD said that with successful conduct of the first swap kidney transplant, SKIMS has set the ball rolling for enhancing the donor pool.
He said it requires a lot of logistics and expertise as two transplants are performed in a single day, which is burdensome but SKIMS with all capabilities performed the surgery successfully and created a ray of hope for the helpless patients.
Prof Wani said SKIMS is a major contributor to the organ transplant program of the country filling a major gap as 1,80,000 kidney failure patients need kidney transplant in India in a year and only 6000 kidney transplants are done.
He said SKIMS has so far done more than 550 kidney transplants successfully.
Organ shortage being a limiting factor, he underscored the importance of Cadaver Transplant, Swap Transplant and ABO incompatible Transplant which he said is a way forward to give new lease of life to patients suffering from kidney failure .
The HOD said the Department of Urology & KTU is taking serious measures to work out Cadaver Transplant and in this direction various awareness programs are being conducted in coordination with SOTTO( State Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization).
He also said that the departments of urology & KTU,nephrology, and immunology are working in close coordination to set another milestone by starting ABO incompatible kidney transplant in near future.
Prof. Wani lauded the Department of Nephrology, Department of Anaesthesia, Department of Immunology for their constant support & close coordination.
He thanked and complemented entire team of KTU ,urology OT and all members including Prof. Arif, Hamid, Dr Rouf Khawaja, Dr. Sajad malik, Dr sajad Para, Dr Saqib( urology), prof Ashraf Bhat, prof Imtiyaz wani, Prof Muzaffar Wani, Dr Manzoor, Dr Rais( nephrology),Prof Showkat Gurcoo,Dr. Khalid (Anesthesiology) and Prof. Zaffar Amin Shah(Immunology).
He also appreciated the role of Kidney Transplant Coordinators Ms. Yasmin and Ms. Ishrat for their efforts of counselling the families.

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