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Memorial Hospital Kidney Transplantation

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 or higher than international standards.

Memorial Hospital Liver Transplantation

Memorial Liver Transplant Centers are providing their services with their world renowned academic staff and specialist physicians, internationally standardized medical staff specialized in patient care following organ transplantation.

Memorial Hospital Bone Marrow Transplantation

Memorial Healthcare Group which has an international reputation in Organ Transplantation offers service via Memorial Bone Marrow Transplantation Center in accordance with its vision of being a reference center in many branches in Turkey.

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.


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.

Memorial Liver Transplant Centers are providing their services with their world renowned academic staff and specialist physicians, internationally standardized medical staff specialized in patient care following organ transplantation. Liver transplants are performed successfully for children and adults in centers where the world's best results are obtained regarding all types transplants, carried out on both living donors and cadaveric donors. The organ transplantation department not only is related with the operation process but also with laboratory, imaging units, operation room, intensive care, co-operation and quality of inpatient service floors and is also the reference center in the world. Due to insufficient organ donation in Turkey, the living donor rate reaches up to 80%. As a result of this situation in Turkey, the country gained the first place among the countries that can perform living donor transplantations. Memorial Liver Transplantation Centers also serve as an international training center for this reason. Surgeons from the most important hospitals on the world, mainly the USA, as well as from renowned universities in Turkey, are attending the training programs held in the Memorial Liver Transplantation Center in order to learn the procedure of organ transplantation.

In the Memorial Liver Transplantation Centers that have been pioneering and entering the world medical literature with performed surgeries, Liver transplantations without blood loss are being carried out as well in addition to special surgical techniques.


Liver Transplantation

Liver transplantation is the only treatment of chronic liver failure. This means that the sick liver is replaced with a healthy liver. Cirrhosis is the most common liver disease group in the world for which liver transplantation is performed. This is followed by congenital diseases and some liver tumors.


How to Find a Healthy Liver for Transplantation

An organ is required for organ transplantation, the source of organs are humans. The appropriate organ for transplantation can be obtained from deceased humans, or from among relatives of a patient, thus a from a living donor. If the relatives of people who have lost their lives in the intensive care conditions (brain death) make their "organ donation" decision, the lives of many patients can be saved with these organs.

The liver transplant obtained from such donors is called "cadaveric liver transplantation". Since the number of organ donations is not enough, most of the patients lose their lives while waiting for a new liver. As a solution to this, it is possible to save the life of the patient by taking a part of the liver from another living human (a relative of the patient - living donor liver transplant). For this purpose, a relative having the same blood type of the patient volunteers for such a donation. The person who is the donor candidate undergoes intensive audits and evaluations. If there are no contraindications in terms of liver donation; the liver section (right or left) appropriate for the patient's weight is obtained from the donor and placed into the patients corresponding liver section.


Important Criteria for Liver Transplantation

For liver transplantation, the blood type of the patient and the donor have to be compatible. Then the examinations of the donor candidate begin. This process involves social, psychological and medical evaluations. Medical evaluation; consistent of blood and urine examinations, investigations of infectious diseases, radiological examinations and consultation of other medical units (cardiology, chest diseases, etc.). Many factors such as the amount of liver the patient needs, the general health of the donor candidate, the possibility of dividing the liver appropriately and the structure of the bile ducts play a role in the possibility of an operation between the patient and donor candidate.


Do Liver Transplantation Patients Have To Use Medication Throughout Their Whole Life?

As with all organ transplant patients, patients undergoing a liver transplantation must use medication for their lifetime in order to suppress their immune system. This is the most basic condition of treatment success. If medication is not used or used only irregularily, the immune system immediately initiates a war against the transplanted foreign organ, which may end up with the loss of the organ or even the life of the recipient.


Life After A Liver Transplantation

The goal of liver liver transplantation is to return a person to normal, active and productive life. The goal is to return both the patient and the donor to their pre-operation performance levels. The liver transplants realized in our center have a higher rate of success in comparison the globally accepted success rates.

Memorial Healthcare Group which has an international reputation in Organ Transplantation offers service via Memorial Bone Marrow Transplantation Center in accordance with its vision of being a reference center in many branches in Turkey. The unit which aims to meet the needs for bone marrow transplantation of the patients who come from many other countries along with Istanbul and Turkey has all the facilities deriving from today’s technology.

Having 3 different Bone Marrow Transplantation centers in 3 different cities in Turkey gives the patients an advantage of choice and timeline flexibility.

Besides providing the international standards on bone marrow transplantation, the center offers all the services needed by the patients. Those who have blood disorders such as multiple myeloma (malignant bone marrow disease caused by plasma cells), lymphoma (hematological lymph node cancer), acute leukemia (cancer of the blood) and chronic leukemia, aplastic anemia can have bone marrow transplant in the center where the treatment processes are conducted within a multidisciplinary structure.


Bone Marrow Transplant / Stem Cell Transplant

Stem cells are the cells which are responsible for producing blood in the human organism. The transplant of these cells which have profoundly special functions are generally called “bone marrow transplant” or “stem cell transplant”. Bone marrow transplant is called “autologous transplant” when it is performed in the patient by their own stem cells and is called “allogenic transplant” when it is performed by the cells taken from relatives or from unrelated donors who have tissue compatibility. The stem cell of the blood is transplanted in the bone marrow transplant.

In the past, stem cells used to be directly collected from bone marrow via special needles under operating room conditions. However, this method is rarely applied today. In the recent years, the stem cells are transferred from the bone marrow to the blood via a special medication and the cells are collected by a method called “apheresis”. This method requires no surgical intervention. Transplant of the bone marrow requires no surgical procedure, either. The marrow is transplanted in the patient via vascular access, the bone marrow cells find the bone marrow themselves via their biological features and start the blood production. The main challenge of the marrow transplant is to follow up the patient while the marrow acquires function in its new location. In this critical period, red and white blood cells and thrombocytes which are responsible for coagulation cannot be produced. Therefore, this is a period in which complications such as anemia, infection and hemorrhage may develop. It is crucial to prevent the marrow rejection or the diseases caused by the new marrow via the treatment of the undesirable situations such as infections and hemorrhage which may develop in this period.

The success in bone marrow transplant is achieved when a good technical infrastructure and good isolation from microbes, an interdisciplinary accord, cooperation and team experience collaborate and when the departments such as intensive care provide the necessary intervention in the organ transplant and in the accompanying complications.

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Memorial International Patient Center

Memorial Healthcare Group (MHG) serves both domestic and international patients with its network of hospitals and satellite clinics in İstanbul, Ankara, Antalya, Diyarbakır and Kayseri. MHG is a worldwide recognized brand in Organ Transplantation, Cardiovascular Surgery, Cardiology, Oncology and IVF treatments at international standards.


Memorial International Patient Center (MIPC) is side by side with our patients and their families in every step of their treatments. and is proud to be chosen by thousands of patients from over 90 countries each year. Most of our staff and interpreters are native speakers who strive to do their best in order to make the patient experience as smooth as possible.

MIPC provides the following information and services :

  • Memorial’s Second Opinion including treatment plan prepared by Memorial Physicians
  • Cost estimates for anticipated treatment
  • Multilanguage speaking staff and provision of interpreting services
  • Medical appointments
  • Facilitation of admission, discharge and follow-up processes
  • Arrangement of air and ground ambulance services
  • Discounted flight rates and additional benefits via our preferred carrier Turkish Airlines
  • Airport transfers
  • Memorial Guest House services
  • Travel and accommodation arrangements
  • Other services available upon request
  • Visa application services

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    What is liver transplant?

    It is a surgery where the diseased liver is removed and replaced with a healthy one.

    What are the indications for a liver transplant?

    The indications for a liver transplant are many types of liver diseases such as cirrhosis, some congenital diseases and liver tumors.

    Where do the livers for the transplants come from?

    Whole livers come from people who were recently declared dead (a person diagnosed "brain dead" but all other organs and systems are properly functioning). This type of donor is called a cadaveric donor. In order to take the liver from the dead body; this person should have donated their organs or their relatives should agree on donating the organ after death. Organs cannot be traded or sold, it is strictly illegal.

    Is it possible to perform a liver transplant from a living donor?

    Yes, it is. If a family member or a friend is willing to donate a portion of their liver it is possible to save the patient’s life by removing a portion of liver from the living donor and transplant it to the recipient. A living donor doesn't have to be a blood relative of the recipient but the blood the compatibility of blood types is a must. The donor must be in good health and motivated to donate for altruistic reasons. If living donation is a feasible option for the patient, a donor evaluation will be performed after the recipient's testing is completed. After testing the donor, the transplant team decides whether the donation can be performed or not. Living donors are usually the only chance for children. Ideally, liver transplants should be performed between patients whose blood types are matching. However, in emergency cases it could also be performed between non matching blood types to save the patient’s life. But matching of the liver sizes is a must.

    Can any liver be donated to anyone?

    No, it cannot. There are certain qualifications in order to safely perform a liver transplant. The donor must be;

  • Have approximately the same weight and body size as the recipient
  • Free from disease, infection, or injury that affects the liver
  • Usually of the same or a compatible blood type
  • In very urgent cases, liver transplant could be performed between non compatible blood types to save the patient’s life.

    Is liver transplant risky?

    Yes, it is. A liver transplant is like any other operation, has its own risks that are common to all forms of major surgery. Situations like bleeding, poor function of grafted liver and infections are major risks to occur in the post-op period. Sometimes the new liver does not function as it should and when that happens infections could be a major problem.

    What is rejection?

    Transplant rejection occurs when the recipient's immune system attacks the transplanted organ or tissue. Human body's immune system protects itself from potentially harmful substances, such as microorganisms, toxins and cancer cells. These harmful substances have proteins on their surfaces that are called antigens. If the immune system identifies antigens as foreign it attacks them.

    Foreign blood or tissue can trigger a blood transfusion reaction or transplant rejection and to help prevent this, tissue is "typed" before the procedure to identify the antigens contained.

    Though tissue typing ensures that the organ or the tissue is as similar as possible to the tissue of the recipient the match is usually not perfect. No two people (except identical twins) have identical tissue antigens.

    Immunosuppressive drugs are needed to prevent organ rejection. Otherwise, organ and tissue transplantation would cause an immune response and result in destruction of the foreign tissue.

    The goal of treatment is to make sure that the transplanted organ or tissue functions properly while suppressing the recipient's immune response. Suppressing the immune response can treat and prevent transplant rejection.

    Is medication a lifelong affair following liver transplant?

    Yes, the patient will have to take antirejection medication for life. Taking medication regularly is essential for a transplant to result in success. If the medication is not taken, the patient’s immune system will immediately recognize the organ as foreign and fight against it. This may cause organ failure or death.

    What is the success rate of liver transplant?

    The average success rate of a liver transplant is 93.8% in Memorial Hospitals.

    Are patients able to return to their normal lives following the liver transplant?

    Yes. After a successful liver transplant, most people are able to go back to their normal, daily activities. It fis in fact the purpose of the procedure. Pregnancy and child birth are also possible after liver transplant. Most people can engage in physical activity and exercise within a year.

    Patient Stories

    Memorial Hospital kidney transplant story
    A life without dialysis thanks to Cross-Kidney Transplantation

    Couples came from two different countries of the Balkans and met in Istanbul. One family members from Macedonia and the other from Bulgaria. Both patients were suffering from kidney failure. Their fate has changed in Memorial after a successful cross-kidney transplantation operation. Borislav and Ermira are currently in good health, enjoying their new life without dialysis.

    Our team wishes a long and healthy life to our patients!

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    The 500th Transplant Was Performed in Hizmet Hospital Organ Transplantation Center!

    Memorial Hizmet Hospital Kidney Transplant Center has provided 500 patients a second chance to life. With rapid recovery process, high success rates and laparoscopic donor operations Hizmet Hospital is proud to serve its patients since 2000.

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    The proof of the strong love of mother to her child.

    Brave Bosnian mother Zemira Čerimović gave life her son for a second time. This time she did this by giving a part of her liver to her son Dino with a liver transplantation operated by Yalcin Polat and Prof.Dr. Cigdem Arikan. Happy and full of positive energies of Dino and Zemir were an inspiration to the entire staff of the hospital and an example that there is no obstacle in life with a positive attitude.

    We wish a lot of health and happiness for this wonderful family who give an inspration for being brave.

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