20-year-old techie undergoes second kidney transplant in Hyderabad

The surgeons of Care Hospitals, Hitec City, where the transplantation was performed on April 27, in a press release said Naveen had managed to recover from the surgery.

By Author  |  Published: 11th Jun 2018  10:30 pm
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A team of doctors with the patient, Naveen Kakarla, at Care Hospitals, Hitec City

Hyderabad: In a rare occurrence, a 20-year-old IT employee from Hyderabad, Naveen Kakarla, underwent a kidney transplant surgery for the second time after his body had rejected the earlier transplanted kidney.

The surgeons of Care Hospitals, Hitec City, where the transplantation was performed on April 27, in a press release said Naveen had managed to recover from the surgery.

The second transplantation is complex because the graft or the failed organ can’t be removed and an additional cavity has to be created inside the body to place the new donor organ.

“In such cases, administering immunosuppression drugs is also risky because patients are already exposed to such medicines during earlier kidney transplants. Immunosuppression for such patients has to be balanced,” said nephrologist, Care Hospitals, Hitec City, Dr Ankit Mody, who performed the surgery.

About six years ago, Naveen underwent a living related kidney transplant when he received a donor kidney from his mother. Doctors said two years ago, the donor kidney failed and since then, Naveen was undergoing dialysis.

With no matching donors in the family, Naveen registered himself with Jeevandan, the cadaver organ donation programme, and received one for transplantation. “Conducting the second kidney transplant is tough surgically because there is not enough space for the new kidney,” says Senior urologist Dr K Prasad Raju.