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Why India is the preferred destination for Liver transplant?

Wondering why people choose India over any other country for Liver Transplant? Below we have discussed all the reasons why people choose India for a Liver Transplant over other countries.

By Ezaz Rahaman

Updated on 04th, Jan'22

As we all know that India is emerging as the medical tourism hub for any healthcare treatment, this has opened doors for many Indian hospitals for attracting patients from all around the globe. Indian hospitals are grabbing that opportunity to provide possible healthcare to everyone who is in need.


Government of India has also drafted policy such a way that which supports hospitals of India to excel their business in medical tourism.


This has changed the course for patients around the globe for choosing their healthcare facilities, as there are many reasons to do the liver transplant in India. Some of them I have listed below:

  • World-class facility: Indian hospitals are as good as any hospital in developed countries. They are constantly expanding to compete with hospitals from developed countries. As we all know liver transplant is a very complex procedure, it requires dedicated facility requirements and Indian hospitals can fulfill that.
  • Affordability: As medical tourism of India is famous for its affordability. The most important reason why healthcare is so cheap in India is the position of the Indian rupee in the global market. This has changed the course for liver transplant in India. The premium hospitals and facility for liver transplant are cheaper than any liver transplant hospital of other developed countries.
  • The latest technology innovation and implementation: Indian hospitals have their own research centers and facility which are constantly working to make human life better. Hospitals of India are also using the latest treatment and diagnosis facility for a liver transplant. They are also not afraid to try and implement the latest development in the field of a liver transplant.
  • Indian doctors: As doctors from India carries high respect in the eyes of the patients from developed countries like the US, UK, etc. They are considered to be one of the best in the world, and they also live up to the expectations of patients. There are some of the doctors who have experience of more than 500 liver transplant surgeries. Here we have also listed some top hepatologist in India and in major cities of India- Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Chennai.


Cost comparison of liver transplant in different Countries:

As we all know that India is one of the best affordable destinations for healthcare solutions, same goes for the liver transplantation. In simple words, India is the pioneer in the field of affordable healthcare solutions.

CountryEstimated cost
USA₹ 31,50,000
Singapore₹ 24,00,000
Germany₹ 18,00,000
South Africa₹ 18,00,000
United Kingdom₹ 25,90,000
India₹ 10,00,000

These are rough cost estimation which can change according to the complication of the case and facility you choose. As you can see that there is a vast difference in the cost of a liver transplant.


There are some government hospitals in India that do liver transplant at a very minimal cost of around 3 to 5 lakh Indian rupees. Where private hospital of India making their mark for a liver transplant, side by side government hospitals serving the people very well. Government hospitals have developed another channel process to provide help to poor foreign liver transplant patients.


Here, we have listed some top Liver Transplant hospital in India.


What a foreign/domestic patient do before coming to India for a liver transplant?

Now having treatment in India for foreign patients has become very easy. What you need to do is that you have to have a visa invitation letter from your hospital, you take this latter and apply for a visa in the Indian high commission office. They will issue a medical visa.


But for the liver transplant patient situation is different, as sometimes you need to have a donor of the liver. So first you need to be sure about the donor and donor’s compatibility before coming to India. For patients of India, you need to take permission from the organ transfer authority of India, if the donor is not a close relative. If the donor is diseased then you need to take the permission of the donor’s close relative.


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Question and Answers (20)

Hello Doctor, I am 36 year old male had fatty liver grade 2 since July 2019, having Udilive 300 mg morning and evening till August 2020. fatty liver convert in grade 1 .till last Dec.2020 continued Udilive300 mg with Vitamin E 400., left the medicine for 3/4 months in from the January 2021.again repeat the same medicine for two the mid of 2021 I left medicine to intake permanently .in 2022 For Routine health check up I go through LFT and Whole Abdomen ultrasound .the report are shocking .The corsean echo texture are found in ultrasound and LFT is abnormal.the General physician whom I treated is MBBS, MD, DTM& H. He raised his hand and advised me to leave all things on All mighty God.He also suggest me to Refer High advance Liver disease Hospitals. Kindly suggest me . 9304241768

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Asked anonymously on 24th January, 2022 at 10:27 pm
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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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