Foreign Patients Services
Initial contact and
appointment procedure | Procedure
upon reaching Delhi
Liver Surgery for foreign patients at Medanta –
Since the author's team and hospital provide a world class
liver transplant service at a fraction of the cost of the
Western centres, foreign patients regurlarly travel to the
centre for liver transplants and other advanced liver surgery.
This is especially true for those from near by countries such
as Pakistan, Nepal, Afganistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Malaysia,
and the UAE. Proximity to their home country and many cultural
similarities are the other factors that make Delhi NCR (Gurgaon)
a preferred destination for advanced medical treatment with
these people. Many such patients suffering terminal liver
disease or liver cancer have had successful liver transplants
or other major liver operations by the author's team.
Initial contact and appointment procedure
Contact, arranging appointment, travelling to Delhi
The procedure is quite simple.
1. The family should contact Dr.A.S.Soin by e-mail, and
send all the patient's relevant medical records by e-mail
or fax or courier.
2. After reviewing the medical details, Dr.A.S.Soin will
write back his opinion and whether the
patient needs a liver transplant (or some other liver operation).
3. If the patient wishes to pursue the transplant or other
treatment at Medanta – The Medicity Dr.Soin will then
send all the financial details and donor requirements that
are relevant to the case.
4. In case a transplant is advised, the family should identify
the prospective liver donor(s) and inform Dr.Soin. He will
then advise some basic tests for the donor(s) in their home
country so that the chances of the donor being finally accepted
at Delhi NCR (Gurgaon) are high and there is minimal delay
in the transplant. The criteria for the suitable donor are
5. Once the donor is identify and tested, and the family
is ready to travel to Delhi NCR, Dr.Soin's office will help
in the visa process.
6. Upon arrival at Delhi, the patient and his attendant's
will be received at the airport by a hospital vehicle. The
patient will then normally be taken to the hospital (½
hour drive from the airport) and admitted there straightaway.
One attendant is allowed to stay with the patient unless
the patient is in the ICU. With prior notice, A/C accommodation
can be arranged near the hospital for the other attendants
where they will be transferred from the airport.
7. Emergency Ambulance and Transport Services
Our hospital provides emergency transportation of patients
from within India and abroad both by land, air and train.
Emergency Help line: Mob:- +91-8800276222,
Procedure upon reaching Delhi
Assuming that a family donor is available, the patient should come
over to Delhi with the idea of being here for a total of
about 3 months including per-transplant evaluation and preparation,
the actual transplant and stabilization in the immediate
post transplant follow up period.
At Medanta – The Medicity, a transplant evaluation
will first be carried out to see if the patient needs transplant
and whether he is fit for it. If a transplant is deemed
suitable, the next step is to get a donor liver. If the
patient waits for a cadaveric liver, his transplant will
take place whenever the liver becomes available (few months).
If he gets a family donor along, the transplant can take
place within 15-20 days of reaching here. We get cadaver
livers from time to time (although infrequently) but do
not provide living donors.
After transplant, the patient will have to be in hospital
for a month and in the vicinity of the hospital for follow
up for another 4-6 weeks. After that Dr.A.S.Soin team will
establish contact with the patient's local liver specialist
and make arrangements for the patient's long term follow
up in his home country. From about 2-3 months after transplant,
most patients lead an amazingly normal life.
The family donor is discharged from hospital after 7-10
days and allowed to go back to their country 10-15 days
after which he is completely normal in every respect as
he was before the liver donation.