Bone Marrow Transplant Cost In India

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The cost quoted above is indicative and should not be taken as the final cost of the surgery. The final cost can be ascertained after the surgeon has evaluated the patient. The cost in Indian Rupees can vary based on exchange rate.

Bone Marrow Transplant cost in India starts from US $ 14,000 and varies depending on your medical condition and history, comorbidities-if you have any, surgeon, hospital and the city where you choose to get the procedure done.

Factors that affect Bone Marrow Transplant cost in India

  • Type of Bone Marrow Transplant

    Whether you need an Autologous bone marrow transplant (bone marrow cells are derived from the patient himself) or an Allogeneic bone marrow transplant (close match donates the bone marrow to the patient) predominantly determines the cost of bone marrow transplant.

  • Surgeon's Fees

    An important expense when it comes to your Bone Marrow Transplant is going to be your doctor's fees. IndiCure recommends  experienced, skilled, board-certified surgeons who are capable of delivering successful bone marrow transplants. The charges may vary depending on the experience of the surgeon, popularity, and the approach to treatment.

  • Surgical Facility

    Having your Bone Marrow Transplant in an accredited surgical facility by skilled and qualified medical staff is a critical factor. Moreover, the geographical location of this facility also affects the initial quote. But, IndiCure provides you with a projected estimate that will be affordable.

  • Pre and Post Treatment Expenses

    The treatment-related expenses include the pre- and post-treatment expenses. The pre-transplant expenses are associated with the candidacy and the medical history of the patient. This also includes the routine medical exams and tests to ensure you're a good fit for the procedure. Post-transplant expenses may include prescription medications and follow-up consultations.

We at IndiCure, understand that you travel with a budget in mind and do not like to be greeted by surprises after arrival in India. We thus club all these expenses and give you the package cost that is inclusive and affordable at the same time.

Your case manager shall give you an estimated cost of your surgery after discussing your medical reports with the surgeon. The final cost, however, shall be confirmed after your consultation with the surgeon.

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What is Bone Marrow Transplant?

Bone marrow is an essential spongy, fatty tissue substance present inside the bones of the human body. It produces the blood forming cells in the human body that includes :

  • Red blood cells that carries oxygen and essential nutrients throughout the body
  • White blood cells that protects our body from any infections
  • Platelets for blood clot formation to prevent the excessive blood loss during injury.

Apart from these cells, the bone marrow also contains hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) which are unspecialized and immature stem cells having the ability to divide and become either the stem cell or differentiate and mature into other different kinds of blood cells.

Bone marrow cells start to malfunction as a result of disease like leukemia, aplastic anemia, cancers or other immune deficiency disorder and start yielding defective or abnormal blood cells that affect the normal functioning of the human body.

Bone marrow transplant is required when the bone marrow in the human body is not healthy enough to perform its normal function which can be due to any disease, chronic infections or aggressive cancer treatments.

Some of the common reasons to undergo bone marrow transplant include:

  • Cancers like leukaemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma that affect the bone marrow cells.
  • Aplastic anaemia in which the bone marrow stops producing new blood cells.
  • Inherited blood disorders like sickle cell anaemia and thalassemia
  • Congenital neutropenia resulting in recurrent infections
  • Damage to bone marrow due to aggressive chemotherapy etc.
  • Bone Marrow Transplant is a major and complex procedure and requires thorough and meticulous planning and forethought.

Bone marrow transplant is of two types:

Allogeneic bone marrow transplant: When the donor is some other person whose tissue has the same genetic type as the patient, the bone marrow transplant is termed as allogeneic transplant. The donor is most likely to be a brother or sister of the patient. However, it is only in 35% of the cases that a sibling's marrow is a perfect match.

Autologous bone marrow transplant: When healthy stem cells are taken from the patient's own body and replaced with diseased blood cells, the procedure is termed as autologous bone marrow transplant.

When is Bone Marrow Transplant required?

Bone Marrow Transplant is a complex and major procedure. There are risks and complications associated with the procedure and the procedure is thus recommended to select few patients when other treatments have failed.

Bone Marrow Transplant is recommended if other treatments are not working and there is higher risk of the condition returning without the transplant, and if the physician feels that the benefits of the transplant outweigh the risks associated with the procedure. The best candidates for bone marrow transplant are those in otherwise good health and have stem cells available from a sibling, or another family member.

How is Bone Marrow Transplant done?

The procedure needs meticulous planning and the surgeon thoroughly assesses the patient to make sure that he/she is healthy enough to survive and accept the transplant. For this, a series of tests are done to assess the patient's vital organs like heart, lungs, kidneys, liver to ensure the patient is physically capable to accept the transplant.

If the surgeon thinks that transplant can be done, he proceeds with harvesting of stem cells.

Harvesting stem cells:

If the patient is undergoing allogeneic transplant, bone marrow is harvested from the donor one or two days prior to the transplant procedure. The stem cells are collected in two ways :

  • Bone marrow harvesting: The donor is given general anaesthesia and the cells are collected using a needle from the rear part of the hip bone or the iliac crest where the stem cells are located in abundance.
  • Leukapheresis: This is done in cases of autologous transplant in which the blood is drawn intravenously from the patient's body and the machine is used that separates the white blood cells containing stem cells from the blood.

Preoperative regimen:

Before the transplant, the patient undergoes chemotherapy or radiation therapy to kill the cancerous cells and to make room for the new bone marrow cells often known as conditioning of the patient.

Stem cell transplant:

For transplant, the central venous catheter or a port is installed on the upper right portion of the chest wall of the patient and the new stem cells are infused through this port that help them to flow directly to your heart from where they are dispersed all over the body through the blood. Gradually the cells become established in the bone marrow to grow.

Engraftment:

The post is kept at the same place as the infusion is done in multiple sessions that aid the new stem cells to integrate in the body. This process is known as engraftment. The patient receives the blood transfusion, fluids, antibiotics, platelet transfusion through this port so as to fight the infection and to help your body accept the new marrow.

Monitoring for complications:

After the infusion, you will be closely monitored for any signs of complications or rejection. Precautions are taken to prevent any infections. The patient is constantly monitored to check if engraftment has occurred or not and to monitor organ function. Once the healthy bone marrow begins to produce normal cells, transfusion is stopped.

What is the Recovery after Bone Marrow Transplant like?

Recovery after bone marrow transplant is a long and stressful process for both the patient and the family. Initial few weeks are very critical as there are high chances of complications and rejections of the transplant.

But, subsequently the patient starts to feel better as the blood count begins to grow and his immune system becomes stronger. Full recovery may take up to a year or two.

You shall need a total of 16-18 weeks for bone marrow transplant in India after which you can fly back to your country.

What Results Can I Expect from Bone Marrow Transplant ?

It is a complex but lifesaving procedure which has improved in the past few years. After a successful bone marrow transplant, you will be able to live normal life once again which was not possible otherwise.

Questions to Ask

We at IndiCure completely understand your concerns and it is always our endeavor to provide the best outcome for every patient. Following is the list of questions you must ask before you embark on your journey for Bone Marrow Transplant in India.

  • Is it time for a Bone Marrow transplant?
  • Is the surgeon board certified?
  • How experienced is the Surgeon?
  • Which language does the surgeon speak?
  • Is the treatment done in a well-equipped facility?
  • Can you give me any information on outcomes and complication rates?
  • How much pain can I expect, and how will it be managed in the hospital and after I go home?
  • What about the risks involved?
  • Does the surgeon use a certified anesthetist?
  • How long will the recovery period be?

Preparation for the Surgery

Prepare to answer questions about your:

  • Medical history and exams
  • Previous surgeries
  • Current medication review
  • History of smoking, drugs, or alcohol

Best Transplant Surgeons in India

Dr. Ashok Vaid

Pediatric Hematologist & Medical Oncologist

MBBS, MD, DM (Clinical Hematology)

35+ Years

Dr. Ashok Vaid is the Chairman of the Division of Medical and Pediatric Oncology, Hematology, and Bone Marrow Transplant at Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon. He is one of the distinct doctors to be bestowed the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award, for contributions to the area of medicine by the President of India in 2009.

Treatment of organ-specific malignancies, leukemias, and lymphomas are among Dr. Ashok K Vaid's specialties. In 1984, he received his MBBS from Jammu University, and in 1993, he finished his DNB in internal medicine and DM Medical Oncology. From 1987 to 1989, he completed his Senior Residency at the Govt. Medical College in Jammu. Previously, he was the Head of the Medical Oncology Department at Artemis Health Institute in Gurgaon.

He is a member of renowned organizations such as the Breast Cancer Foundation of India and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of India.

Dr. Dharma Choudhary

Pediatric Hematologist & Medical Oncologist

MBBS, MD, DM, Fellowship (Leukemia/ BMT program of British Columbia, Vancouver General Hospital and BC Cancer Agency, Canada.)

20+ Years

Dr. Dharma Choudhary is a well renowned and a highly accomplished medical oncologist and bone marrow transplant physician.He is a popular figure in India when it comes to Bone Marrow Transplant. He is well-known for his adaptability and patient-centered approach.

At the Indo Global Healthcare Summit and Expo 2014, he received the 'Healthcare Excellence Award' for excellence in Oncology and Hematology. His special interests include allogeneic bone marrow transplant, Hemato-Oncology Graft Versus Host Disease, and high-risk Thalassemia Major with a new conditioning regimen.

Previously, he worked at prestigious Indian institutions such as the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. He is a member of the renowned Indian Society of Hematology and Transfusion Medicine. He has almost 35 publications to his name.

Dr. Rahul Bhargava

Pediatric Oncology & BMT Specialist

MBBS, MD, DM, Fellowship in Stem cell and Umbilical cord transplantation, Vancouver, Canada

17+ Years

Currently serving as the head of the Fortis Memorial Research Institute hospital's Hemato- Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant department in Gurgaon, Dr. Rahul Bhargava is one of the most renowned bone marrow and stem cell transplant doctors in India. He is a specialist in bone marrow transplantation and is considered one of the best of his generation. He has performed over 1000 bone marrow transplants, which is a North Indian record.

He has international experience, having worked in Vancouver, Canada, where he received specific training in umbilical cord transplantation. He is a member of the American Society of Bone Marrow Transplant, the American Society of Pediatric Haemato-Oncology, and the International Society of Pediatric Oncology.

He earned his MBBS and MD degrees from the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India. He then went on to complete his DM (Hematology) at the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Also did Fellowship in voluntary stem cell and umbilical cord transplantation in Vancouver, Canada. He has been instrumental in developing hematology in many countries like Iraq, Uzbekistan, Uganda, Rwanda, etc.

Best Transplant Hospitals in India

Fortis Memorial Research Institute

Gurgaon

Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), the flagship hospital of Fortis Healthcare, is a multi-specialty, quaternary care hospital and is counted among the best hospitals in India and the world. The hospital is considered as "Mecca of Healthcare" and a referral hospital, not only in the entire Asia Pacific but much beyond.
The hospital boasts of an enviable International faculty- the clinicians considered to be among the best doctors in the world and even specialty nurses offer nothing but the best in clinical care. The hospital has the most modern, state-of-the-art, cutting-edge technology in the hands of the most technically sound technicians, who offer clinical excellence beyond comparison.

Medanta THE Medicity

Gurgaon

The Medicity is one of India's largest multi super-specialty institutes located in Gurgaon, National Capital Region (NCR-DELHI). Founded by one of the most renowned cardiac surgeons in India, Dr. Naresh Trehan, Medanta was established with the aim to provide the highest standards of medical care to patients backed by clinical research.
Spread across 43 acres, the institute includes a research center, medical and nursing school. It has 1250 beds and over 350 critical care beds with 37 operation theatres catering to over 20 specialties. Backed by the latest and most advanced technology, the institute is counted among the best medical institution in the world and attracts lots of patients from across the globe.

Patient Testimonials

It is my pleasure to write for IndiCure, since I owe my life to you people. The kind of facilities available here in India are no less than what are available in Western countries. I was told that I should go to the USA for my Bone Marrow Transplant, but the cost there was so very high that I could not afford to get the treatment done there. But only IndiCure made it possible for me to be treated here. They convinced me of the facilities and Dr Bhargava's expertise and actually delivered what they promised.

I would highly recommend IndiCure and India to anybody looking for medical treatment.

Mohd. Kaif ( Dubai, UAE )

Procedure : Bone Marrow Transplant surgery

My Liver transplant surgery in India has given me a second life. I had completely lost all my hopes but Shweta and IndiCure have been very helpful and arranged everything so well for me. Dr Rai is the best surgeon I have ever met. I really thank them all.

Salem Shaikh ( Muscat, Oman )

Procedure : Liver Transplant

I got my Kidney transplant surgery done by Dr Bhatyal and his team and shall remain eternally grateful to them. They were wonderful. Very professional but very empathetic at the same time. And a big thanks to IndiCure for connecting me with the right surgeon.

Kudos to them and the entire team.

Keith Davidson ( Vancouver, Canada )

Procedure : Kidney Transplant

The IndiCure folks hooked me up with THE BEST doctors for my heart issues.. Period.. The physicians were thorough, professional, fast, proficient, and affordable. Dealing with IndiCure was super easy, super-fast, and a very pleasant experience. I HIGHLY recommend this process for those with no insurance Or those who cannot afford the 20% co-pay for expensive procedures. Check the cost against prices in the USA folks.

Steve Gofast ( New Jersey, USA )

Procedure : Heart Transplant

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I know which is the right Bone Marrow Transplant option for me?

Your reports will be reviewed by the consultant surgeon, who will then decide on the best treatment option for you.

At IndiCure, we make certain that you receive only the best diagnosis and treatment for your illness. You can rest assured that you will receive the greatest treatment guidance from India's best surgeons.

2. Who is eligible to donate bone marrow?

When a patient's bone marrow is sick or damaged, and he or she is unable to create excellent, healthy blood cells, a stem cell transplant from a donor is required. If a person's tissues closely match those of the patient, he or she is eligible to be a BMT donor.

A matching donor is usually a member of the immediate family, such as a kid, a sister or brother, or a parent. However, if a person is lucky, he or she may be able to find the perfect volunteer fit. A perfect match is not required, but a close match with a favorable conclusion is required.

3. What is the success rate of Bone Marrow Transplant in India?

The success rate of Bone Marrow transplant in India is as good as anywhere else in the world. Patients who received an allogeneic transplant for a non-malignant illness had a success probability of 70 to 90% with a related match and 36 to 65 percent with an unrelated donor, according to statistics.

For disorders including Ewing sarcoma, Wilms tumor, germ cell tumor, and neuroblastoma, autologous bone marrow transplant has a high success rate.

4. What is the difference between Bone Marrow Transplant and Stem Cell Transplant?

Stem cells from your blood or a donor's blood are used in a stem cell transplant. A peripheral blood stem cell transplant is another name for this procedure. Stem cells from your bone marrow or a donor's bone marrow are used in a bone marrow transplant.

5. How serious is Bone Marrow Transplant?

Bone marrow transplant is a serious surgery. A bone marrow transplant is fraught with risks. A bone marrow transplant can cause minor difficulties in some people, but it can also cause major complications that require treatment or hospitalization in others.

6. Are there any side effects of donating bone marrow?

Long-term negative effects from bone marrow donation are quite rare. The immune system of the donor remains healthy, and their blood stem cells regenerate in 4 to 6 weeks. Your immune system remains strong because only 1 to 5% of your marrow is required to save the patient's life.

7. How long does it take for a person to recover from a bone marrow transplant?

The recovery time for autologous bone marrow transplants is usually one month, while the recovery time for allogeneic bone marrow transplants is at least three months. After 10 to 20 days after the transplant, the blood count normally begins to improve. The patient is constantly checked throughout the procedure to keep infections at bay. When a patient's blood count improves, his or her medical condition improves as well.

8. How soon can I return to work after Bone Marrow Transplant?

It's natural to feel concerned after undergoing a sophisticated and lengthy BMT treatment in India, and to return to a daily routine in order to regain some sense of normalcy.

However, once the transplant is complete, you should focus all of your concentration on restoring your health and stamina. Maintaining a cheerful attitude will aid in your recovery. It's also a good idea to stay away from crowded public places because you'll be more susceptible to infection owing to your weakened immune system. In general, it takes about 3-6 months for a patient to feel better and stable, however this can vary depending on ambient factors such as cleanliness.

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