Liver, kidney, heart, and bone-marrow transplant surgery at Florence Nightingale Hospitals (Turkey)
Organ Transplantation Center at Florence Nightingale Hospitals in Istanbul is licensed to perform transplant surgeries on liver, kidney, heart, bone marrow, and pancreas. It hosts training courses for surgeons from the UK, Jordan, and other countries.
1000 liver transplants since 2004 and 100 transplants annually - that is the extent of operations performed by Prof.Dr.Tokat and his team at Transplant Unit at Florence Nightingale Hospitals
Being one of a few institutions in Turkey entitled to hold educational courses on liver transplant for local and international surgeons, the hospital’s Transplantation Center has implemented of numerous Turkey’s “firsts” including:
- adult-to-adult right hepatic lobe living donor liver transplantation (LDLT)
- domino liver transplantation (DLT)
- dual left lobe liver transplantation
- split liver transplantation to 2 adults at a time
The team headed by Prof.Dr.Tokat with 15 years of experience consists of transplant surgeons, hepatologists, anesthesiologists, abdominal surgeons, radiologists and other specialists. Apart from liver transplant surgery, the team specializes in diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis and hepatic cirrhosis.
According to Turkish legislation, only living donor kidney transplantation can be performed for international patients.
The key requirement for kidney donor is to belong to the 4th degree of kinship at most with the recipient which also concerns in-law relatives. If the blood group of a donor and recipient mismatch, they can participate in cross transplantation program. It means that two couples if suitable in terms of age, gender, and blood group can make cross transplantation of donor kidneys.
Kidney transplantation in children has long been successfully performed at Florence Nightingale Hospitals in Istanbul. The process requires that children under 20 kg of weight receive small kidneys while those over 20 kg of weight can receive their kidney from their parents. A team of highly-trained specialists including paediatric nephrologists, anesthesiologists, and surgeons perform every kidney transplant.
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With 20 years of experience in heart transplant surgery, the survival rate in patients after the surgery at Florence Nightingale Hospitals in Istanbul reaches 80%.
Under Turkish law, individuals applicable for heart transplant surgery are heart patients under 65 years old with stage-D heart failure. This means their life expectancy is less than 1 year.
Artificial heart support device is also available for cardiac patients with heart failure with stage-D. It is mostly used in cases when a patient is waiting for the heart transplant.
Both surgeries are performed with the consent of Ministry of Health by accredited heart surgeons.
Research-based bone marrow transplantation at Florence Nightingale Hospitals in Istanbul is performed between siblings with the same tissue type
Bone marrow transplant surgery may be applicable for patients with the following conditions if no success is recorded after other therapies:
- non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- other types of blood cancer
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