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First Liver Transplant in Pakistan by Prof Faisal Dar

First Liver Transplant in Pakistan by dr faisal dar

Dr. Faisal Dar (Sitara e Imtiaz), FCPS, FRCS, FEBTS, Chairman Department Of liver Transplantation, Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery, Dean of Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute Research Centre (PKLI-RC), Lahore, Pakistan. 

He is the foremost liver transplant surgeon in the country. He is known for successfully performing more than 1200 transplant procedures in his career and performed Pakistan’s; first-ever liver transplant in 2012. 

Dr. Faisal Dar victoriously created one of the best Hepatology & Liver Transplant teams in Pakistan. They provide endless services; that match the international standards to the people suffering from various liver-related diseases.  In; addition to that, they are also training new generations of transplant surgeons to cater to the needs of society. Dr. Faisal Dar has performed surgeries for all age groups.

 He has performed Pakistan’s first living donor pediatric liver transplant on a nine-year-old boy, have done Pakistan’s first adult to adult living donor liver transplant on a 41 years old man, have Performed Pakistan’s first Domino Liver Transplantation on a 71 years old man, have done Pakistan’s first Liver.

Photo before transplant with patient dad and dr Faisal dar

Transplant for acute liver failure on a 27 years old young man has performed Pakistan’s first pediatric Liver Transplant for acute Wilson’s disease on 13 years old boy, have done Pakistan’s first Redo Liver Transplant (second transplant) on a 45 years old man, have performed a liver transplant on the youngest Pakistani child at the age of 05 months, have performed Pakistan’s first Auxiliary liver transplant on a six years old girl for Crigler Najjar Syndrome, have also performed Pakistan’s first dual graft liver transplant.

Dr. Faisal Dar’s lasting contributions earned him various awards, including Sitara e Imtiaz in 2016, BMJ South Asia award in 2017, Zenith Global Healthcare’s international healthcare professional, and special recognition awards in 2019.

In Pakistan, many people suffer from liver-related diseases, the most common of which are Hepatitis B and Hepatitis  C. With the increase in the ratio, there was a need for a proper liver center to provide patients with the best treatments, especially for those who have to undergo a liver transplant. 

A liver transplant is the treatment option for people with liver failure and some people with liver cancer who have significant complications due to end-stage chronic liver disease.

 Dr. Faisal Dar performed the first successful liver transplant surgery in  2012 at Shifa International Hospital. Both the donor and recipient didn’t face any complications during and after the surgery and were completely healthy. 

Right after a liver transplant

The hospital, with the use of modern techniques and equipment, types of equipment, and pieces of equipment, keeps on facilitating the patients, and thus, the number of transplant surgeries kept on increasing. In 2018, 850 liver transplant surgeries were performed successfully.

Pakistan Kidney and liver Institute and research center (PKLI-RC) was then established to provide the best treatment to liver and kidney patients in their own country instead of seeking treatment from foreign countries. 

Dr. Faisal Dar is the dean of PKLI-RC. PKLI, with its hepatologist, anesthesiologist, transplant surgeons, radiologist, and the entire team, made it possible to perform all the complex cases. PKLI performed its first-ever liver transplant in 2019. 

Dr faisal dar during Liver Transplant

A liver transplant involves two surgeries. One is for the donor, and the other one; is for the recipient. The doctors provide quality service to replace the recipient’s kidney correctly without giving rise to any complications. They ensure not to harm the donor. 

Thus handle life-threatening situations very tactfully. PKLI performed its first-ever transplant on a male patient from Rahim Yar Khan, he had Hepatitis B, and his Liver was badly damaged. The only solution was to perform a liver transplant.

The liver donor was her wife’s niece, 19 years old. PKLI, with their intellectual efforts, were successful in their surgery, which was done free of cost. 

first patient walk after transplant

Initially, people either ignored their liver-related problems or went to other foreign countries, which were very costly. But the rigorous and dedicated team efforts under the guidance of Dr. Faisal Dar made it possible to provide such a complex and advanced surgical treatment to the people of Pakistan with a high success rate. 

PKLI serves liver transplant surgery to children as well as adults. PKLI also performs kidney transplants. They try to provide treatment comparable to the international level in a very peaceful environment and within minimum time. 

Group photo after successful Liver Transplant

They give 24/7 service to their patients without any discrimination. Patients from all across Pakistan seek treatment from them. They put in exceptional efforts before, during, and after the surgery and thus made it possible to achieve more than a 95% success rate. 

Their constant hard work and devotion increased people’s confidence in seeking liver transplants to save their lives and healthy lives. Thus the entire team of PKLI, under the supervision of Dr. Faisal Dar, became the center of excellence by showing its competent skills. 

Pakistan is among the World’s leading nations that have successfully provided liver transplantation services to their people in conformity with International quality & patient safety standards. It is a landmark achievement in Pakistan’s medical history that such a complex and advanced surgical treatment has been provided.

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