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Liver transplants from a living donor are performed only for our international patients.
If a family member or a friend is willing to donate a portion of his liver, the liver transplant will be performed in order to save the patient’s life by taking part of the liver from a living donor and transplanting it into the patient.
Transferring the liver from a living donor, it does not necessarily have to be blood relative, but the blood group must be identical to the patient and in good health.
After testing the donor’s health, a team of liver transplant doctors will decide the procedure.
Our hospitals are among the largest and most successful liver transplant hospitals in Turkey run by the distinguished medical team, the team in the operations department, and general consultation doctors.
We have achieved great success in this department. The liver transplantation center has very successful results so that the liver transplant operations are being done daily in our hospital.
The expert medical team and the distinguished center where there are all medical treatment services in the field of liver transplantation that conforming to international standards and the lowest costs in European hospitals, so that we are the best choice for foreign patients for the purpose of liver transplant operations or for other advanced liver operations. Many patients who were suffering from life-threatening liver disease or liver cancer underwent successful transplants by the medical team who are experts in organ transplantation.
Our center performs the liver transplant operations even if the blood type does not match for it to work in emergency situations in order to save the patient’s life.
Entering to a pre-liver transplant hospital (evaluation of the patient’s condition for liver transplant)
A liver disease specialist recommends a hospital evaluation at the moment of the last stage of liver disease diagnosis. The patient is evaluated through three stages. Preparation for a liver transplant usually takes 5-7 days.
- Final diagnosis of the disease and determination of the severity of the disease and the urgency of liver transplantation.
- Determine the suitability of the patient for the liver transplant operation. The heart, lungs, kidneys and other organs are examined and the infection is eliminated, if any. After that, the liver specialist decides the percentage of the success of the operation based on the cause, severity, and health of the patient.
- The last stage, the patient must be mentally and psychologically prepared. The patient and his family are informed about procedures, hospital stays, and monitoring and care after the illness.
Why people choose Turkey for Liver Transplant?
Turkey is one of the leading countries in health care and offers the best medical facilities at reasonable prices. Health care facilities and medical facilities in Turkey are proud to be the leading provider of organ transplant surgery in Europe and the Middle East.
Life after a liver donation
After the operation, the period for the donor to stay in a hospital is 7-10 days.
After leaving the hospital, the donor’s recovery period is 2-4 weeks, and he can return to work after 6 weeks, then he continues his life and activities normally (except for heavy physical efforts).
If a donor is married after 6 weeks of the operation, he can have sexual life when he feels well.
Conditions for liver donation from a living donor
- The person must donate at his full will.
- Donor must be over 18 years old.
- The relationship between donor and the recipient must be at least a third degree relatives.
- Both the donor and the patient’s blood types must match.
- Donor liver function, and other organs must be normal.
What are the diseases that need liver transplantation?
- Chronic liver failure that causes chronic liver disease in its advanced stages.
- Acute liver failure or acute sudden liver failure.
- Hereditary or metabolic liver disease.
- The first type of liver tumors.
- Autoimmune hepatitis.
- Primary biliary cirrhosis.
- Other various diseases such as atrophy of the bile ducts, which is one of the most common causes of liver transplantation in children.
- Cirrhosis caused by infection with chronic liver viruses (B) and (C) is one of the most common causes of liver transplantation.
Liver transplant contraindications:
- If the patient has microbial inflammation outside the liver.
- If the patient has cancer outside the liver.
- If the patient has HIV / AIDS
- If the patient has acute heart or lung failure.
- If the patient has hepatocellular carcinoma more than 5 cm, or multifocal (more than 3 injuries)
- If the patient has portal vein thrombosis.
Some helpful information and inquiries about liver transplantation:
- Is the patient exposed to infection and does he live a restricted life after the operation?
this is not true . Although a person has a higher susceptibility to infection than others, this condition quickly disappears when the doses of the medications used to suppress the immune system of the body are reduced after 3-6 months of the operation.
- Is it necessary to take medicines for lifetime after the transplant?
Yes, but the number of medications and their dosages are decreased over time. The number of medications is limited to one or two medications in the first year of the operation for most patients, and then reduces the number of medications to only one drug after 2-4 years after the operation and this continues for a lifetime.
- What is the success rate of liver transplants?
The success of the transplant in any center depends on the experience available in that center. In most centers in the world, including our center in Istanbul where the very medical team works, an expert at work, when the liver transplant is performed before the patient’s health collapses, the operation is 90% successful and provides the patient with an excellent quality of life with a normal life expectation for the rest of the patient’s life.
- Is liver donation safe?
Donating part of the liver is very safe because the liver has a great ability to grow again and return to its previous size within 2-3 months after part of it is removed. The donor does not suffer from any long-term side effects and does not need to take drugs for more than 2-3 weeks and returns to his normal state within one month.
- Who can donate the liver?
The donor must be a close relative of the patient and be between 18 – 55 years old, and the blood group must be suitable and has a weight of 50 – 99 kg.
- What are the procedures for the patient with a liver transplant?
You must make an appointment with our center, which will help you to determine if there is a need for transplantation, and your ability to withstand the operation and will provide the necessary advice to you at all stages of the operation.
- Severe liver disease may cause Tired, swelling in the lower legs, fluid buildup in the abdomen, weakness, Dizziness, jaundice and others.
Abnormal symptoms in blood analyzes show a decrease in the number of (Hb, TLC, platelets), an increase in prothrombin time, a decrease in serum albumin and an increase in serum bilirubin. In severe cases, the level of serum and creatinine is affected.
- Who needs a liver transplant?
A person who needs a liver transplant is a patient who suffers from chronic or acute liver disease that leads to liver failure.
Common diseases that require liver transplantation are liver disease due to hepatitis C infection or liver failure due to alcoholism. Other reasons for implantation are bile duct problems, metabolism problems, and major liver cancer.
- What if the body rejected the transplanted organ?
The transplanted liver is a foreign tissue in the body if the liver is from a dead donor or a living donor. Therefore, the transplanted patient must take some drugs that suppress the immune system for life in order to prevent the body from rejecting the transplanted organ. But thanks to modern medicine, cases of organ transplant rejection are rare today.
- What is the success rate of organ transplants in Turkey?
Organ transplants are performed in Turkey according to the highest international standards. The success rate of organ transplants in Turkey is more than 90%.
- If I donate part of my liver or kidney to my brother or sister, does it affect my health?
No, you can certainly donate. There is a period of extensive tests that take place before the operation, so that all of your health conditions are identified. The main goal of this process is not to harm the health of the donor.
- What organs can be transplanted?
Today, major organs such as the heart, lungs, intestines, pancreas, kidneys and liver are successfully transplanted. There is also a large area for tissue transplantation such as the bone marrow, cornea and tendons. Heart, liver, pancreas and kidney transplants are among the most common transplants in Turkey that are successfully performed within major organ transplants.
- Is there a specific age for organ donation?
No . Although the age of the donor raises some concerns depending on the organ to be transplanted, it may be possible to transplant organs at any age and under any conditions for recipients whose disease stages have reached incurable stages. But for living donors, the donor must be between 18 – 55 years old.
- Can anyone’s organ be transplanted to another person?
No. Because the first condition for the purpose of liver transplantation is the matching of the blood type between the patient and the transplanted liver. The liver must be in good condition (not infected with fat or disease). If the liver is from a living donor, the size of the part of the liver must be big enough.
- Why do we need a liver transplant?
Because liver transplantation is the only way to treat liver cirrhosis, liver cancer and other diagnostic conditions.
For inquiries and medical advice about your treatment, “You just have to send all the medical information, tests, analyzes, information about the medical problem, etc, By sending all the information via WhatsApp and Viber, or you can contact us directly to the consultant doctors via the numbers that are on the site.
We will evaluate the medical problem within only 8 hours of receiving the information, and we will provide you with all details about the treatment plan, treatment costs, period of stay in Turkey and other services of our institution.