Transplantation of organs has been considered one of the significant advances that has occurred in medicine offering a healthy life back to numerous people all over the world. Transplants can be broadly grouped into three types, i.e., Tissue, Solid Organs and Vascularized Composite Tissues. Tissue transplants mainly include blood and marrow. Solid organ transplants include liver, heart, kidney, lung, small intestine and pancreas. Vascularised composite tissues, which are relatively new include hands, face and abdominal wall. The organs can be donated by live donors for certain organs and procured from brain-dead / deceased donors.
The first transplantation that was done at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences was in September 04, 2001 and was that of a kidney procured from a live donor. Since then the transplant services of the institution has pioneered a lot of procedures in the state as well as the country becoming one of the largest centers in India carrying out these procedures. The center has a large experience in liver and kidney transplants and also has carried out heart, small intestine and pancreas transplants. The first and second hand transplants in India was successfully carried out in 2015. This center of excellence has a well organized transplant social worker network and has been involved in implementing the policies of the Kerala Network for Organ Sharing from its inception. The institution has led the state in deceased organ procurement and has been involved in the training of other teams from the state. The immunology department has pioneered HLA matching in the state and has been practicing state of art methods in this. The center of excellence has initiated steps to start basic science research related to immunosuppression in composite tissue transplants suitable to our country.