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Everything you need to know about how to take care of your health post organ donation

August 13 2016 , Written by Ambika

After going through a traumatic surgery such as organ transplant, one cannot wait to resume to their normal routine. However, the key is moderation and understanding your limits. Since you’ve undergone a major surgery, initially you will have lesser energy and it’s important to give your body time to heal and adjust to a foreign object. Taking good amount of rest and pacing your activities is recommended to avoid any strains on your recovery.

“If a relative or a friend is donating an organ, the person has to go through various tests to be sure that he/she is both psychologically and medically fit. A psychological evaluation is necessary to understand that the patient is not being forced to donate their organs,” said Dr. Sundar S, Consultant Nephrologist, Columbia Asia referral hospital, Yeshwanthpur.


After the surgery, the donor needs to keep the following things in mind:

  • · Avoid excessive physical exercise like lifting any heavy objects after the surgery.
  • · Get kidney function test, urine exam and blood pressure check every 3 months for a year right after the surgery
  • · After a year, one should go for regular checkups once in every year.

When it comes to the recipient, proper care after the surgery is of utmost importance. The body takes time to adjust to a foreign organ and hence the patients are put on very strong medications.

“The immune system of the body reacts to new organ and does not easily accept it. Hence, we recommend immune suppressive drugs to the patient. These medications are very strong and increases the susceptibility of an infection in the patient,” added the doctor.

After the surgery, the recipient needs to keep the following things in mind:

· For the first few months avoid any crowded areas where the chances of getting an infection are high. Also, patients should not eat outside food at least till their body has adjusted to the new organ. The doses are reduced within one year’s time.

· The patient should go for a regular check up:

o Twice a week in the first 3 months

o Once a week in the next 3 months

o Once in 2 weeks for the next 3 months

o Once a month for the next 3 months

o Once in 3 months for life long.

One of the most important aspects for organ donation is counseling. Not only the donor or the recipient should be counseled about the risks of organ transplant, but the family of the patient should also be a part of this session.

“The recipient goes through a lot of pain in the first few days. The body needs time to adjust to the new organ. Also, occasionally, transplant kidneys get rejected on the table and the kidney has to be thrown away. This can have severe impact on the family members and also on the person donating the organ. In such cases, educating and making the family members understand the risks involved in organ transplant is of utmost importance,” said Dr. Sundar.

About Columbia Asia Hospitals Pvt. Ltd.

Columbia Asia Hospitals Pvt. Ltd. is the only company in India to utilize 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) route in the hospital sector.

About Columbia Asia Group of Companies

The Columbia Asia Group is owned by more than 150 private equity companies, fund management organizations and individual investors. The group currently operates eleven facilities in India and has presence in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Kolkata, Mysore, Patiala and Pune. The company also operates hospitals in Malaysia (11), Vietnam (3), and Indonesia (3). The Indian management operations are managed from its office in Bangalore.


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97% people claim that good oral health is critical for overall well-being

August 10 2016 , Written by Ambika

97% people claim that good oral health is critical for overall well-being

IMRB Survey aims to democratize the reality of oral healthcare condition in India

There has been a massive knowledge gap about oral healthcare conditions in India. In India, 35% individuals are suffering from the condition called tooth sensitivity and only 20% of them take any remedial action for it. There are only 4% people visiting dentists specifically to discuss the problem and rest are missing out on precious moments of indulgence by avoiding the food/ drink or simply eating from the other side of the mouth. To create a society free of tooth problems we have done a survey with IMRB to educate consumers about the current state of oral healthcare in India.

In order to understand the level of awareness and the impact of oral care on the overall well-being and an individual’s personality in India, IMRB conducted an independent survey with individuals aged 25-54 years in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. The primary objective of this survey was to arrive at hard-hitting facts on oral-healthcare awareness, and their implication in today’s time. The sample size for the survey was 600 people across regions.

The survey reveals some stark findings on the perception of Indian people on the same-


1. Overwhelming majority say that good oral health is critical for overall well-being (97%)

i. Delhi, Mumbai top the list, followed by Kolkata & Chennai (in this order)

2. Tooth sensitivity is cited as the most common faced oral health problem, followed by staining of teeth and tooth cavities

i. Delhites top the list of sufferers of tooth sensitivity and teeth staining/yellowing followed by Chennai residents. Relatively less consumers cited issues of tooth sensitivity & teeth yellowing in Mumbai and Kolkata – but these remain the top oral care problems


3. 53% people claim to have missed enjoying a memorable moment in their life due to teeth sensitivity

i. 71% of people in Delhi impacted followed by Mumbai (55%), Chennai (53%) & Kolkata (34%)

4. 94% people feel shining white teeth contribute to their overall personality. But 3 out 4 people (74%) feel that their teeth have lost shine over time

i. 87% mumbaikars say that their teeth have lost shine over time

5. Chewing tobacco, poor oral hygiene and smoking are seen as the top 3 reasons for yellowing of teeth/staining of teeth

i. Chewing Tobacco/smoking top reasons in Kolkata (68% / 64%); chewing tobacco tops in Mumbai (75%); poor oral hygiene in Delhi (73%); medication in Chennai (46%)

6. In food/drinks, coffee (44%) & tea (40%) are seen as the main reason for staining of teeth at followed by alcohol (29%)

i. Women suffer from yellowing/staining of teeth due to tea/coffee intake, while amongst men after tea coffee and alcohol features as a cause for yellowing/staining of teeth

ii. Coffee consumption main reason for Delhi (69%) & Chennai (39%), Tea intake for Mumbai (57%) & Kolkata (47%)

iii. Top reasons city-wise

a. Delhi-coffee, pickles and alcohol

b. Mumbai- tea, alcohol and coffee

c. Kolkata-tea, coffee and alcohol

d. Chennai is coffee, tea and alcohol

7. Majority (89%) are willing to pay a premium for specialised oral healthcare products like sensitivity toothpastes


i. Income levels are not a deterrent-both Sec A & Sec B are equally willing to pay a premium

ii. Delhi (96%) tops, followed by Mumbai (89%), Kolkata (87%) and Chennai (84%)


8. 2- in- 1 is the preferred choice-91% people prefer toothpaste that help with both-teeth sensitivity and shining teeth

i. Delhi (97%) & Kolkata (93%) top, followed Chennai (88%) and Mumbai (87%)

The survey clearly indicates that the state of oral hygiene in India with instances of tooth sensitivity and teeth staining as the top most commonly faced problems followed by tooth cavities. Majority of people have missed enjoying a memorable moment in life due to oral healthcare condition. Oral healthcare problem does not come without a warning. One should not ignore the clues like slight pain in teeth, gum bleeding etc. this only arises from our daily day to day habits like consumption of certain food items (like wine, coffee and tea), there is an evident need to create awareness about oral healthcare in India.

Here is what some popular experts have to say about oral healthcare in India:

Ajay Kakar MDS, Mumbai

“Increasingly Indians are becoming aware of their personal wellbeing and oral care is becoming an important agenda in their life as they feel having good oral health boosts their confidence in society. More people want to enjoy life without being held up with oral care problems”

Smriti Nair MDS , Mumbai

“Young people often come to me and say they want a white shining teeth. But our lifestyle these days tend to take away the shine of the teeth. High consumption of wine, aerated drinks and citrus foods remove the enamel leading to loss of the natural whiteness. The loss of enamel also leads other oral care problems like sensitivity.”

Mona Kakar MDS, Mumbai

“People often tend to ignore what stress can do to our oral health. It affects oral health as much as it affects our body. People under stress tend to make lifestyle changes like smoking, consuming too much alchohol, binging on sugary foods or even grind their teeth unknowingly, which can lead to serious oral health problems.”


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