Kidney Transplantation Center

About the Department

Memorial Kidney Transplantation Centers; with its world-famous academic staff and specialist physicians, and health personal specialized on post organ transplantation patient care, provides service at international standards.  In the centers, where the best results are achieved with all transplantation, from live or cadaver donors, liver transplants for children and adults are being performed with success. These departments, where the organ transplantation is handled not only with the operation process, but with the cooperation of imaging units, operation room, intensive care, and in-bed patient service rooms, are also a reference center in the world. In Turkey, as the organ donors has not reached sufficient levels, transplantation from live donor levels reach 80%. This situation enabled Turkey to take the first place among countries that can perform transplantation from live donor.  Therefore, Memorial Kidney Transplantation Centers also provide service as an international education center. Each year, surgeons from Turkey's prominent universities, and significant hospitals of the world, mostly from USA, participate in training programs organzied in Memorial Kidney Transplantation Centers.

In Memorial Kidney Transplantation Centers that leads the way in many areas, and entered into global medical literature with its operations, special surgical techniques are performed with success. In kidney donor operations, the laparoscopic surgeries that is the most appropriate for the patient are performed.  

KIDNEY TRANSPLANT

The Most Efficient Treatment of Chronic Kidney Failure is Kidney Transplant

Chronic kidney failure means the permanent kidney dysfunction. Today, the Most efficient treatment of chronic kidney failure is kidney transplant. However, some of the chronic kidney failure patients prefer dialysis option.  As dialysis can only (partially) perform some of the kidney functions, it should not be considered as an alternative for kidney transplant. More so, for dialysis patient, many disadvantageous situations exist such as strict diets, water limitation, travel obstruction, staying away from social life, falling behind in jobs or school, and development problems for children patient. As dialysis patients are deprived of most of the kidney functions, they have to use medicine (blood pressure, blood production drugs, etc.) frequently. On the other hand, kidney transplant patients have a much higher quality and duration of life than dialysis patients. The patients, following a successful  kidney transplant and operation, with follow up, can go on with their lives as healthy individuals.

Transplantation from Live Donor is Much Easier Now

Despite all the effort in the world, cadaver transplant from people who had cerebral death did not reach sufficient levels, and these numbers are increasing so slowly every year. As a solution for organ failure, transplant for live donor became an issue. When the health and post-operation comfort of the live kidney donors considered, removing kidney with closed method (laparoscopic method) is the gold standard of the our day. Operation with closed method are performed from small holes opened in the patient's abdomen, instead of opening a big operation scar on the patient's body. This technique became widespread in the world in the last 10 years, many operation that were used to be performed openly, are now being performed with laparoscopic method.

Kidney removal operation with closed method was first performed in USA in 1995, and it became widespread, and became standard treatment in the whole world. In Memorial Kidney Transplantation Centers, each technique of kidney removal with closed method can be performed successfully, and all donor operation to this day were performed with the closed technique.

The Patient May be Discharged the Following Day After the Operation

Kidney operation with closed method is performed with a 0.5-1 cm sized two holes opened on the patient's abdomen, and at the end of the operation, the kidney is removed via 6 cm sized cut on the groin area. The patients have much less pain problems after the operation in relation to open surgery, stay in the hospital for a shorter duration, and can return to their normal lives and jobs quicker.

The unwanted side effects such as hernia, loss of sense, scar infection, air accumulation in lungs that were observed with open surgeries of the past, are almost never encountered with this technique. This operation, which is performed via two holes and small cut to remove to kidney, also provide better results thant open surgery in a cosmetic sense.

 

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