Heart, Lung and Pancreas Transplants in West Bengal to serve the local community


BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals Bangalore and GD Hospital and Diabetes Institute, Kolkata are delighted to announce joint promotion initiative for Heart, Lung and Pancreas Transplants in West Bengal to serve the local community. This brings together two stalwarts of the healthcare industry to ensure that clinically excellent and innovative solutions are available for the population of West Bengal. This is an initiative to build awareness regarding end-stage heart and lung conditions and to build a strong transplant program in the city.


The heart and lungs are among the most important organs of the body. Failure of the lungs and heart to carry out their functions results in progressive and irreversible conditions known as respiratory and cardiac failure. Gleneagles Global Hospitals brings to Kolkata the experience of Dr Thasee Pillay, a world renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, and his team of medical professionals experienced in the field of transplants. As a member of the international society for minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery and former clinical director of the cardiothoracic services overseeing Adult and Paediatric Surgery, Anaesthesia and intensive Care, Cardiopulmonary Transplantation and ex director of the royal college of surgeons, Dr Pillay brings with him 2 decades of experience in the field of transplants, and has been a part of over 500 transplants in the UK. His experience and training will be a great asset to the growing scenario of heart and lung transplants in Kolkata.


Speaking at the Launch of the Heart & Lung Program, Mrs Musrefa Hossain, CEO, GD Hospital and Diabetes Institute, said, “At GD Hospital, we have developed an excellent Diabetes and Cardiac care program. It is a proud moment for us to take this further and cater to the most complex cases where transplants are required and where BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bangalore have the most experience in the country.  We are delighted to welcome Dr Thasee Pillay and Dr Sandeep HS to conduct regular clinics onsite and support our patients with the benefit of their knowledge. We look forward to building a supportive and sustainable partnership with BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals in West Bengal and welcome them to Kolkata.”


Dr Thasee Pillay, Sr. Consultant Cardiac & Cardiopulmonary Transplant Surgeon, Chief of Surgery, Heart and lung Transplant advisor at BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals, said, “Heart transplantation is a major, critical and complex surgery.It should only be considered if the surgery is going to improve the recipient’s chance of survival or quality of life, post-transplant. The availability of this procedure has increased the survival rates of cardiac failure patients from 20% to 80%, making it a true life-saver for those patients who do not respond well to other treatment options.”


The medical team from Gleneagles Global Hospitals will be available for consultations at various clinics through regular OPD consultations. These transplant procedures will follow internationally established protocols, from assessing whether the patient’s condition necessitates a transplant, to assessing the patient’s ability to withstand the procedure, inclusive of evaluation of the damaged organ as well as other organ functions, to identifying and minimising all potential risks that could arise from the performance of these transplant procedures.


Dr Sandeep HS, Consultant Transplant Pulmonologist at BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals, said, “There is no way through which lost lung function can be restored completely in respiratory diseases like COPD and ILDs. Despite medical management these diseases continue to progress and the patients eventually end up with respiratory failure. Lung transplantation is the only option to improve quality of life and increase the longevity in such situations. Lung Transplantation is being done worldwide for more than 30 years and the time has come now for our countrymen to utilise this life saving treatment modality.”