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What is the Liver Transplant Cost in India 2020?


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.

Additionally, there are 3 types of liver transplant surgeries in India that also have varying costs.

This is due to their complexity depending upon the condition of the patient & the type of surgery recommended by the doctor.

Following is the liver transplant cost in India by the major types of surgeries:

Types of Liver Transplant in India Cost
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 by types: Orthotopic, Living donor, Split type

Liver transplant cost in India with comparison to other countries


Country liver transplant
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.


Cost of liver transplant around the world vs. India

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:

TEST COST
PCT Procalcitonin (PCT) test detects increased PCT serum levels in the blood caused in liver disease. This test can cost you around ₹2100-₹2500 ($30-$35).
CRP C-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 TESTS
  • Hemoglobin
  • PCV
  • TLC
  • RBC Count
  • MCV count
Also, 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-CT Positron 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 Ultrasound Applied 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-ray It 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.


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.

CITY LIVER 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: 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?


Liver Transplant Cost in India

Here, are some of the factors that can affect the liver transplant surgery price:

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.

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.

Hospitals for liver transplant in India:

Low cost does not mean India compromises with quality ,liver transplant being a complex procedure requires correct infrastructure and best doctor to perform it. you will find the list of best hospitals in India here.

Services for Domestic Patients

Here, are some of the facilities and services provided to the Domestic patients by the hospitals:

  • 24*7 Ambulance services
  • Pathology services
  • Health Insurance
  • 24-hours of pharmacy
  • Blood Bank
  • Travel assistance
  • General and AC Deluxe wards
  • Bank and ATM facilities
  • Psychological Counselling
  • Laundry service for patient/attendant
  • Wi-fi services
  • Parking zone
  • Luggage room

Services for International Patients

Here, are some of the facilities and services provided to the International patients by the hospitals:

Online Consultation


Medical Visa Assistance


Currency Exchange


Medical Opinion


Affordable accommodation


Nursing Service


24-Hour Medica Assistance


General and AC Deluxe wards


Local Sim card


ATM facility


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Questions & Answers (7)

Dilip

22nd January, 2020 at 09:46 am

What happens to the liver donor? Does the quality of life get reduced once a person donates his liver?

Dr. Babita Goel replied

22nd January, 2020 at 01:21 pm

Live Liver Donations is generally a safe procedure. This is being done across in many countries safely.Individuals who donate a portion of their liver usually recover safely from the procedure and can expect to live a normal life and healthy life. Although it’s a safe surgery but some of the complications of Live Liver Donations are: Bile leakage, infection, Organ damage or other problems. Consult a transplant specialist, who on evaluation of the doner will guide you through procedure. Hope our answer helps you.

Verified User (posted anonymously)

3rd November, 2019 at 05:03 pm

The complaint is the vein in liver got enlarged. We didn't no earlier. After the patient got jaundice docs diagnosed about the vein and suggested for liver transplant but after two years. After journey for 18 hrs breathing prob developed. Decided he requires lung heart n liver transplant.pls suggest

Dr. Babita Goel replied

21st November, 2019 at 10:45 pm

As per my understanding the patient got jaundice and doctors diagnosed about the enlarged vein in the liver and suggested for liver transplant. After two years the patient traveled for about 18 hours and developed breathlessness, and now he has been advised for lung, heart and liver transplant. Now combined transplantation of the heart, lung, and liver may be indicated in patients with either end-stage respiratory failure complicated by advanced liver disease or end-stage liver failure complicated by advanced lung disease. He will need a multidisciplinary approach with team of transplant specialist. Hope our answer helps you.

Verified User (posted anonymously)

20th October, 2019 at 08:26 am

Urgent issue..rnI Need to make liver transplant for my father in law. So can you just provide me best doctors and hospitals list in Hyderabad.rnLooking for your prompt feedback. THANKS!

Team ClinicSpots replied

25th November, 2019 at 04:00 pm

Hello, As for your query, we have mentioned the list of best hospitals for liver transplant in Hyderabad: 1. KIMS Hospital Address- KIMS SECUNDERABAD, 1-8-31/1, Minister Rd, Krishna Nagar Colony, Begumpet, Secunderabad, India- 500003 2. Care Hospitals Address- CARE Hospitals, Road No.1, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, India - 500 034 3. Yashoda Hospitals Address- Yashoda Hospitals, Alexander Road, Secunderabad, India-500003 Further, we have mentioned the list of few liver transplant surgeons in Hyderabad, which include: 1. Dr. Balbir Singh MBBS, MS- General Surgery, Fellowship HPB and Liver Surgery 25+ years of experience Hospital- Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Lakdikapul, Hyderabad 2. Dr. Krishnan Chaitanya MBBS, DNB Liver transplant surgery 9+ years of experience Hospital: Yashoda Hospitals, Secunderabad 3. Dr. Anand V Kulkarni MBBS, MD- General Medicine, DNB Hepatology and liver transplantation 5+ years of experience Hospital- AIG Hospitals, Gachibowli, Hyderabad Hope our answer helps you.

Verified User (posted anonymously)

27th September, 2019 at 11:22 am

Hi my son 2year 5month old facing biliyary artersia problem by birth Surgery has done at the 90day of his birth right now he is facing lots of problems doctor says time has come to transplant liver please suggest what I do

Dr. Babita Goel replied

16th November, 2019 at 04:16 pm

Surgery is the first choice of treatment for Biliary atresia called Kasai procedure or hepatoportoenterostomy in which an operation to re-establish bile flow from the liver into the intestine is done, its successful in about 85% of patients, in case if the patients condition does not improve post this surgery then only option left is liver transplantation to correct this problem. Hope our answer helps you.

Verified User (posted anonymously)

12th September, 2019 at 02:10 am

I need details for liver transplant for my father who is in early stage of cirrosis . best and economical tretamnent and transplant

Dr. Babita Goel replied

3rd December, 2019 at 02:42 pm

Liver cirrhosis has bad prognosis, medical intervention can delay its progress, decrease the damage to liver cells and reduce complications. Medications along with diet planning, life style changes may help to manage the complications. Liver transplantation is also an option. Palliative care, psychological support helps the patient to deal with the disease. Consult an oncologist. Hope our answer helps you.

Bhavesh

11th May, 2019 at 09:35 am

My mother is having cirrhosis of liver and she needs liver transplan .please suggest me which hospital will be good for transplant and waiting list should not be more.

Team ClinicSpots replied

13th May, 2019 at 11:51 am

Hello Bhavesh, Since you have not mentioned where u reside So, we have suggested some of the Best Liver Transplant hospitals in India: 1) Indraprastha Apollo Hospital Delhi Address: Sarita Vihar, Delhi Mathura Road, New Delhi 110076 2) Medanta Hospital Gurgaon, India Address: Sector 38, Near Islampur Colony, Gurugram, Haryana 122001 3) Jaslok Hospital Mumbai Address: 15, Dr. Deshmukh Marg, Pedder Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400026 4) Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital & Medical Research Institute Address: Rao Saheb Achutrao, Patwardhan Marg, Four Bunglows, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400053 5) Apollo Hospital, Chennai Address: 134, Mint Street, Opposite Ramar Temple, Sowcarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600079 6) Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad Address: Road No 72, Opp. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan School, Film Nagar, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana 500033 7) BGS Global Hospital, Bangalore Address: Uttarahalli Main Road, Kengeri, Bengaluru, Karnataka-560060 I hope this answers your query.

Verified User (posted anonymously)

8th May, 2019 at 06:52 am

I want to know the cost and complete procedure of of liver transplant

Team ClinicSpots replied

13th May, 2019 at 11:11 am

Hello, We have listed below the complete procedure and the cost of Liver Transplantation: Following are the details required: 1)Patient information – Age, sex, height, Wt, blood group. 2)Summary – written by treating physicians including current problem, previous surgeries, comorbidities. 3)Radiological investigations – done within 3 months. Reports of X-ray, US/CT scan/ MRI (whatever available). 4)Tests report - mandatory (Blood test should be done within 1 month, Send old reports as well if available) • Hb, CBC • Sr. Bilirubin (direct, indirect), SGOT, SGPT, Alkaline phosphatase, Gamma GT • PT, INR, APTT. • Na, K, Urea, creatinine. 5)Tests report if already done- • Any tumor marker like – AFP, CEA, CA19-9 • Any microbiology report • Histopathology/cytology report. • Any other investigation did DOCUMENTS THAT ARE NEEDED TO BE SENT WITH THE PATIENT: • Birth Certificate • Passport (only for a patient outside India) • An affidavit from the patient stating list of all family members and near relatives • Family Tree • Local address proof • Family pictures were taken along with the patient, donor, and other family members • Marriage certificate (if married) • Passport size photos (25-nos) • Income Proof (if available) • Approval from the home country embassy in India • Police Verification for Address & Criminal Records DOCUMENTS THAT ARE NEEDED TO BE SENT WITH THE DONOR: • Birth Certificate • Passport( only for a patient outside India) • An affidavit from the donor stating exact relationship with the patient & stating that donation is free, voluntary and without financial transaction & given due to love & affection only. • Family Tree • Local address proof • Family pictures were taken along with the patient, donor, and other family members • Marriage certificate (if married) • Passport Size Photographs (25-nos) • Income Proof (if available) • Police Verification for Address & Criminal Records Cost Estimate Room 25 Days ICU 10 Days Approximate Cost USD 35,000 (INR 24,58,050) Disclaimer: *Cost may Vary * The above estimate includes • Doctors Charges • Investigations & Bedside Procedures for both donor & recipient • Consumables for both donor & recipient • Pharmacy • Room Charges for Recipient (23+7 ICU) • Room Charges for Donor (2+4 ICU) • Asst. Surgeon Charges • Anesthetist fees • Joint Consultation Charges for Referring Doctor • Hepatologist Charges • Other Superspecialty visits(Up to 10 Visits) • Radiologist (Ultrasound) Emergency Visit Charges(Up to 10 Visits) • Intensivist • Physiotherapy Hope this answer helps you.


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