Doctors in Ahmedabad Perform Asia's First Blood Transfusion-Free Heart Transplant

25 Oct 2023 • In a groundbreaking achievement, doctors at CIMS Hospital, Ahmedabad successfully performed Asia's first heart transplant without using a single unit of blood transfusion. The patient, a 52-year-old male, who was suffering from Ischemic Dilated Cardiomyopathy and end-stage heart failure, underwent this innovative procedure.

Notably, the patient was discharged in just nine days, a stark contrast to the typical 21 to 24 days of hospital stay for conventional heart transplant patients. As per the experts, this zero-transfusion approach significantly reduces short- and long-term complications associated with transfusions, shortens hospital stays, and enhances overall clinical outcomes.

Dr Dhiren Shah, who led the surgery, stated that a blood transfusion-free heart transplant represents a remarkable milestone in cardiac surgery and showcases the significant strides made in surgical techniques and technology. He also mentioned the establishment of a Hemostasis Center of Excellence by adopting the bloodless heart transplant technique.

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