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What is the Liver Transplant Cost in India?

Here you will get to know about the cost of liver transplant in India. Also, get the information regarding cost of liver transplant types, additional cost & city-wise costs.

By Pankaj Kamble

Updated on 23rd, May'22

The average liver transplant cost in India ranges from ₹16,00,000 ($22,500) to ₹23,50,000 ($33000).

 

Sometimes, it might cost you up to ₹30,00,000 ($42000). As overall cost depends on the complexity of the  surgery, patient’s medical condition, surgeon’s experience, and hospital’s status. For your reference and to ease your search we have shown the approximate Liver transplant price in India in a few of the major cities.

 

Liver Transplant Cost in India is as follows :

CITYLIVER TRANSPLANT COST
Mumbai₹8,00,000 - ₹30,00,000 ($11,200 - $42,000)
Delhi₹9,00,000 - ₹35,00,000 ($12,600 - $49,000)
Chennai₹10,00,000 - ₹16,00,000 ($14,000 - $22,300)
Bangalore₹11,00,000 - ₹15,00,000 ($15,300 - $21,000)
Pune₹10,00,000 - ₹15,00,000 ($14,000 - $21,000)

Note: These costs may vary according to surgeons, hospitals, and locations. 

 

Liver transplant cost in India by the major types of surgeries :

Types of Liver Transplant in IndiaCost
Orthotopic₹18,00,000 ($25,200) to ₹25,00,000 ($35,000)
Living Donor₹12,00,000 ($16,800) – ₹18,00,000 ($25,200)
Split Type₹8,50,000 ($12,000) – ₹18,00,000 ($25,200)
  1. Orthotopic Liver Transplant: Orthotopic liver transfer is usually suggested by the doctors for liver transplant in India. In this procedure, the whole damaged liver is replaced with a healthy donor liver. This is generally from the donor who has assured to donate their organ before death.
  2. Living Donor: Unlike orthotopic, here in this procedure the living donor willingly donates his/ her liver to the recipient. This is one of the most recommended processes for liver transplant in India.
  3. A Split Type: In this process, the liver is divided into two parts, the left side of the liver is usually recommended to children and the right side is provided to the adult patient as the right-side liver size is bigger than the left side. And this half healthy liver grows within a week by 85%. Preferably doctors suggest selecting the family member as a donor.

 

Liver transplant cost in India with comparison to other countries

CountryLiver transplant Cost
India₹16,00,000 ($22,500)
Singapore₹23,00,000 ($32,000)
United Kingdom₹46,00,000 ($65,000)
USA₹90,00,000 ($1,27,000)

Note: The above cost is an estimated value it can vary according to the surgeon, hospital, and location.

 

Is the Liver transplant cost in India affordable compared to other countries?

Yes, compared to other developed countries the liver transplant cost in India is highly cost-efficient (50% less than western countries). This is the reason why patients from all over the world travel to India for liver transplant surgery.

 

Following are the reasons why the cost varies between India versus other developed countries

  1. Currency: Comparing with the currency of other countries (USD, Pound, Euros, etc.) the major difference in the cost is due to less value of Indian currency. Thus, this makes liver transplant in India cost-effective. Here, from the doctor’s consultation to treatment to the hospital stay, overall charges are comparatively less.
  2. Standard of Living: In India, the standard of living is inexpensive than countries like UK, USA, etc. So, amenities like food, transport, healthcare treatments, and accommodation are quite economical.
  3. Competition: There are numerous admired and renowned hospitals in India which follow international standards when it comes to healthcare treatments and services. Since the patients have an extensive range of hospitals to opt for treatment according to their budget and requirement. Furthermore, hospitals incline to provide vigorous prices.
  4. Hospitals: Both the Government and Private hospitals in India are highly efficient in delivering world-class medical treatments. Furthermore, Government hospitals also provide liver transplant treatment at subsidized charges. Thus, this contributes to one of the reasons for the varying ranges of cost.
  5. Doctors: In India, we have highly experienced, skilled and qualified liver transplant surgeons who practice at prestigious hospitals in the country. Here, the doctors charge comparatively less than the doctors in other developed countries. Hence, it adds one more cause to choose liver transplant in India as it is affordable.

All these factors contribute to making liver transplant in India affordable. Thus, people across the world consider and recommend India as one of the best and preferred destinations for liver transplant treatment.

 

Pre-operative tests for Liver transplant in India:

Pre-liver transplantation assessment will last for 7-10 days. A series of tests will be conducted for both donor (another individual) and the recipient (patient).

Pre-operative tests include:

TESTCOST
PCTProcalcitonin (PCT) test detects increased PCT serum levels in the blood caused in liver disease. This test can cost you around ₹2100-₹2500 ($30-$35).
CRPC-Reactive Protein (CRP) test examines higher CRP levels in the blood produced by the liver in response to inflammation. This test will cost around ₹400-₹600 ($5-$8).
OTHER BLOOD TESTSAlso, there are a number of other blood tests required like hemoglobin, PCV, TLC, RBC and MCV count, etc. which will set you back by around ₹1000-₹1500 ($14-$21).
PET-CTPositron Emission Tomography- Computed tomography (PET-CT) scan identifies changes at the cellular level at the early onset of any disease prior to other imaging tests can which costs around ₹2000-₹10,000 ($28-$140).
Doppler UltrasoundApplied for viewing blood flow to and from the liver, to detect any abnormalities like any lump or mass in the liver. This scan costs around ₹500 to ₹1000 ($7-$14).
Chest X-rayIt helps diagnose infection in your lungs and also produces images of heart, lungs, blood vessels, airways and bones of your chest and spine. This scan will cost you around ₹500-₹2000 ($7-$28).
Electrocardiogram (ECG)Electrocardiogram (ECG) Identifies changes in your heart rhythm and measures the electrical activity of the heartbeat. This test costs around ₹300-₹700 ($4-$9).
Pulmonary Function Test (PFT)Evaluates pulmonary hypertension and measures the capacity of your lungs. This will cost around ₹800-₹1500 ($11- $21).

Note: The above cost is an estimated value it can vary according to the surgeon, hospital, and location.

 

What are the factors that influence Liver transplant Surgery Cost in India?

  1. Location and status of the hospital: When you undergo a liver transplant in a charitable or government hospital the expenses are low compared to private or deluxe hospitals. For liver transplantation in government hospitals, you need to wait for a longer duration (1-2 months) for your turn to come. As the government hospitals provide invaluable treatments at an affordable cost, a number of people choose these hospitals for treatment. Thus, there is a waiting line for patients. If there is an emergency and you want to avoid longer ques then you can opt for a private hospital. Here, you will receive immediate treatment but you will be charged more compared to government hospitals. The best hospitals in India regardless of its status are within its metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad.
  2. Surgeon: Liver transplant surgery is highly sophisticated. To deal with such operations the surgeon needs to be experienced and must have handled several surgeries. Hence, surgeons with more experience may charge more.
  3. Age: Generally, there is a need for liver transplantation in patients with a diseased or damaged liver. It is a complex surgery normally performed in older patients suffering from chronic liver disease or even in acute liver failure patients. But some infants suffering from rare liver diseases like Biliary Atresia, Wilson’s disease, Alagille syndrome, Cholestatic disorders, and other genetic liver disorders also need liver transplantation surgery. In the case of younger patients, the surgery becomes elaborative and may require refined equipment. Hence, age is one of the most prominent factors that affect liver transplant cost in India.
  4. Pre-Donation evaluation: The diseased liver is either replaced completely or partially with the help of a living or deceased donor’s liver. Every potential liver donor needs to go through a series of blood tests and scans. Thus, other costs also get added to liver transplant surgery as the procedure is carried between two individuals. The check-up for both the patient’s costs around ₹2-3 lakhs ($2800-$4200).
  5. Room category: Post liver transplant surgery, the patient is admitted for 15-20 days for complete recovery. The admission rooms are categorized as general and deluxe and it’s completely your choice which one to select. These rooms are charged based on per day of admission. Some hospitals also provide accommodation to the patient’s relatives in the same room where the patient is admitted but, some don’t. Then, you need to pay separately for other family member’s accommodation. Hence, the room category also adds on extra charges.
  6. Post-operative recovery period: After, liver transplantation the minimum recovery period is about 15-20 days. Sometimes, the patient may require more duration for complete recovery. If more duration is required for recovery then more expenses are spent on the patient’s admission.
  7. Pre & Post-operative medications: Liver transplant surgery involves the replacement of a diseased liver of a patient with a healthy liver from a donor. Thus, to make your body receptacle for a foreign organ you need to take long-term medications such as anti-rejection medicines. Apart from the surgical procedure, the patient is charged separately for the pre- & post-operative medications.
  8. Transportation: The transportation costs include charges for ambulance and other routine check-up hospital visit charges. These charges are excluded from the surgery package.
  9. Physiotherapy and rehabilitation: Physiotherapy and rehabilitative approaches are implemented pre-& post-operative. This may help patients with liver disease and liver transplants to enhance the quality of life by improving muscle strength, prevents excessive fatigue and increases aerobic capacity.

 

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I am having a high bilirubin 1.62, and this is the 2nd time. Last year at this same time I had it. And due to this I can't eat properly, and I feel vomiting as soon as I take a sip of water after eating. It's already been 15 days. It's making my appetite low, I feel low. I eat very less now, and in that too It's feel like my stomach is tight and blown up. Pls help me🙏

Asked anonymously on 16th September, 2021 at 2:58 pm

Based on the complaints and elevated bilirubin levels you seem to be suffering from a type of liver disorder, a condition wherein excess accumulation of bilirubin (a brown yellow coloured compound formed in breaking down of red blood cells) occurs. With loss of appetite, vomiting, stomach tightness and bloating; fever, extreme fatigue and abdominal pain can also be seen in liver diseases.

• There are multiple causes for development of liver dysfunction such as infection, autoimmune liver diseases like cholangitis, Wilson’s disease, cancer, alcoholic liver (due to alcohol abuse) and non-alcoholic (due to excessive consumption of fats) and drug induced.

• When using a medicine that is known to have the potential to cause liver damage, your doctor may recommend you to have blood tests done on a routine basis after starting the medication so that any signs of liver damage may be recognised before symptoms develop.

• Common medications that can cause damage to the liver include Paracetamol, Statins – drugs for lowering cholesterol levels and certain herbs.

• Other liver function parameters such as AST(aspartate aminotransferase), ALT(alanine transaminase), ALP(alkaline phosphatase) and GGT(gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase) bilirubin are required to be evaluated and additional to this for determining the exact cause of dysfunction especially to confirm presence of jaundice; urinalysis, CT (for distinguishing between biliary obstruction and liver disease including cancer) and liver biopsy (for ruling out concern about possible liver cancer) needs to performed.

• The treatment is based on the underlying cause and damage levels and can range from dietary changes, medications such as antibiotics, sedatives, etc to liver transplants.

• Consult hepatologist near you for further assessment and treatment.

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I'm 30 years Male & suffer from Liver disease (Fatty Liver G-1) I have lose my wait 6 kg from 66( height 5'.5") How can i recover from this disease?

Asked anonymously on 4th September, 2021 at 3:52 pm

• Fatty liver disease is a condition caused by fat buildup in the liver (i.e., when fat percentage exceeds 5 - 10% of your liver's weight), which can be caused by alcohol intake and/or a high fat diet. Individuals who are obese/overweight, have poor glycemic control/insulin resistance, have metabolic syndrome, and are taking specific drugs such as amiodarone, diltiazem, tamoxifen, or steroids are at risk of developing fatty liver.

• In some situations, it is thought to be symptomless, but in others, it can cause substantial liver damage. The good news is that it is frequently avoidable or reversible with lifestyle modifications.

• It progresses through 3 stages which include Steatohepatitis (swelling and damage of liver tissue), Fibrosis (scar tissue formation where your liver is damaged) and Cirrhosis (extensive scar tissue replacement with healthy tissue). Cirrhosis can lead to liver failure or cancer.

• Laboratory investigations consists of Liver functions tests such as AST, ALT, ALP and GGT; Total Albumin and Bilirubin, CBC, Test for viral infection, Fasting Blood Glucose, HbA1c and Lipid profile.

• Imaging procedures such as Ultrasound, CT /MRI, Elastography (for measuring stiffness of liver) and Magnetic resonance elastography and Biopsy (for ruling out any cancerous growth and for signs or any inflammation and scarring).

• If a patient has a fatty liver, he or she should be checked for the entire metabolic syndrome, which includes diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, and thyroid issues.

• The best way to treat fatty liver is with making some lifestyle changes which can significantly improve your health which includes – Avoiding alcohol and High fat diet, Losing weight, taking medications for controlling glucose and fat(Triglyceride and Cholesterol) levels and Vitamin E with Thiazolidinediones in specific instances.

• Currently, no drug treatment is approved for management of fatty liver disease.

In order to prevent further progression of disease one can:

 Maintain a healthy weight by consuming food less/minimal in in its fat percentage.

 Follow a Mediterranean diet which is high in vegetables, fruits and good fats.

 Exercise regularly for 45 minutes where in you can include combination of cycling with walking, cardio, CrossFit and yoga with meditation.

 Restrict alcohol consumption

 Consult a hepatologist near you for further evaluation and treatment and your dietician for advice on fat loss.

 

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