This is the first such facility constructed in any hospital across Mumbai.
Mumbai: To facilitate parallel surgeries such as kidney transplants where both the donor and the receiver need to be operated upon in a sanitised environment, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has converted two operation theatres inside the civic-run Sion Hospital into one modular operation theatre. Modular operation theatres (OTs) have an environment that prevents infections, according to medical officials at Sion Hospital. This is the first such facility constructed in any hospital across Mumbai.
Dr Avinash Supe, BMC director of major civic hospitals, said, “As we are aware of, throughout kidney transplant procedures, the donor and the recipient have to be operated upon at the same time. In layman language, the donor’s kidney needs to be removed and at the same time transplanted in the recipient. So, the donation and receipt of the kidney happens at the same time.”
“It is imperative that we take the utmost care to prevent infection which is high in this procedure. In the event there is no transplant, other surgeries will be performed. We will be able to carry out up to 10 surgeries in a day.”
Dr Supe has been propagating modular OTs across municipal hospitals as they are endowed with better surgical amenities. Two OTs in the urology department of Sion Hospital were only just converted into one modular OT, especially refurbished for kidney transplants as the possibility of infection is lower in a sanitised environment. These OTs are made of stainless steel, have dust-resistant paint, and are anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so as to prevent infections caused by any procedure.