Organ transplantation at an overseas clinic
Transplantology is a branch of medicine that studies surgical replacement of nonfunctional organ with a healthy one. According to United Network for Organ Sharing (USA), as of June 2012 there were almost 119,000 citizens waiting for a donor to share his/her organ. Between April 2011 and March 2012 in the UK almost 4,000 organ transplants were carried out. In 2004, in China 13,000 surgeries were performed.
Most common procedures cover lungs, pancreas, intestine, thymus, heart, liver, and kidney transplant surgeries
Transplanted organs can be either received from living or deceased donors. In the latter case, donor organs should be retrieved within 24 hours after death. In the first case, it is very important that donors undergo a thorough physical rehabilitation after they give away their organ. One of the most crucial medical indications for becoming a donor-recipient couple is a blood type that should be strictly defined by medical specialists.
5 questions to ask your surgeon during your first appointment at an overseas clinic:
- What is your experience in transplant surgery?
- What type of diagnostic method will you be using?
- How does the follow-up care look like?
- How long will the treatment last and how much will it cost?
- What are possible side effects of the treatment?