SKIMS’ Historic Kidney Swap Transplant Sparks Hope for Desperate Patients

SKIMS Performs First Swap Kidney Transplant in Jammu and Kashmir, Marking a Milestone in Patient Care

In a groundbreaking achievement, the Department of Urology & Kidney Transplant at SKIMS (Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences) successfully conducted the first-ever Swap Kidney Transplant in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. This landmark surgery is set to enhance the donor pool and address the significant hurdle of organ shortage in kidney transplants.

Expressing his commendation, the Director of SKIMS stated that patient care is their utmost priority, and this swap transplant is a breakthrough in kidney transplant procedures and a demonstration of their commitment to advancing patient care. Head of the Department, Prof. Saleem Wani, highlighted the significance of the surgery, emphasizing that it sets a major milestone in kidney transplantation and creates hope for helpless patients.

With more than 550 kidney transplants completed, SKIMS is a leading contributor to the organ transplant program in the country. To address organ shortage, the Department of Urology & Kidney Transplant is actively working on Cadaver Transplant and conducting awareness programs in coordination with SOTTO (State Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization). The success of this swap transplant surgery was made possible through the collaborative efforts and close coordination of various departments, including Nephrology, Anaesthesia, and Immunology. Prof. Wani acknowledged the crucial role played by Kidney Transplant Coordinators in counseling families and expressed gratitude to the entire team involved in the surgery.

This groundbreaking achievement not only represents a significant advancement in the field of kidney transplants but also provides hope for patients in need of organ transplants who face challenges due to organ shortages. SKIMS continues to prioritize patient care and explores innovative ways to overcome obstacles in organ transplantation, ensuring a higher success rate and improved medical outcomes for patients in the region.

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