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Organ transplantation in Turkey

Organ transplantation is a life-saving process for many patients. Turkey ranks third in the world in organ transplantation centers, and organ transplantation in Turkey has recently emerged at the hands of the best surgeons and doctors.

Many know that Turkey has recently become one of the leading countries in the field of organ transplantation, and Ankara/Istanbul is one of the most important centers for organ transplantation in Turkey and the world.

To learn more about organ transplantation in Turkey and Turkey's history in this field, follow us in this article.

Introduction to organ transplantation in Turkey

Organ transplantation in Turkey occupies an important space in medical development by innovating many methods and adding them to the global medical community.

This continuous development indicates the success of the health policies pursued by successive governments, and this development was reflected in the country's position in this sector at the global level.

The Center for Organ Transplantation of the Mediterranean University (Akdeniz University Hospital) in the state of Antalya (southern Turkey) is one of the most prominent and important centers in Turkey and the world in this field.

The Medical Park Center is also considered one of the best international centers in the field of organ transplantation and has been awarded the rank of excellence in this field.

History of organ transplantation in Turkey

Transplantation studies continue in our country, although it wasn't as advanced compared to the western world. However, there are many studies of our doctors who live abroad or for educational purposes in world-famous transplant centers.

A transplant is not just a medical or technical issue

Success in transplantation is not only related to the country's development in the field of medicine but also the legal aspect, ethical and technological infrastructure, and religious and social factors.

Two heart transplant attempts in our country in 1969, just three years after Dr. Bernard performed the first successful heart transplant, attracted worldwide attention in 1967.

When talking about organ transplantation in Turkey, we must talk about the doctor Mohamed Haberal and his team.

The first kidney transplant from a mother to her son in Turkey, which is considered the first organ transplant in Turkey
The first kidney transplant from a mother to her son in Turkey, which is considered the first organ transplant in Turkey

Where he performed the first organ transplant operation in Turkey after animal experiments in the seventies, where he performed an operation Kidney Transplant From a mother to her 12-year-old son in November 1975 at Hacettepe University Hospital.

Also conducted by the same team Liver Transplant From a living donor in 1990.

After the first successful organ transplant in our country, the legal infrastructure for organ transplantation in our country has been prepared with the “Organ and Tissue Transfer Act”.

A heart and lung transplant was transferred from a 5-year-old girl clinically dead from a gunshot wound to a 9-year-old girl with major transposition, ventricular septal defect and pulmonary hypertension.
The patient was discharged in the second month after surgery and lived for nine months.

The first lung transplant was done in a hospital Surreyapaşa In Istanbul in March 2009 where a single lung transplant (on the left side) was first performed on a 34-year-old male patient with terminal stage due to silicosis accumulation, the postoperative period passed without any complications.
She was reported still alive in 2011.

In the 2011 Statistical Yearbook, the Turkish Statistical Agency released that a total of 3,336 organ transplants were reported, including 2,495. kidney transplant surgery 697 liver transplants and 87 heart transplants were performed in our country in 2010 alone.

Organ transplantation in Turkey today

With regard to liver transplantation, Turkey today occupies the third place in the world in the probability of successful transfer, as the success rate ranges between 85-90%, while the success rate globally is approximately 83%.

There are 43 liver transplant centers in Turkey.
In Turkey in 2019, 1,776 liver transplants were performed around Turkey.

Today, there are 77 kidney transplantation centers in Turkey. Within it, there are many centers that perform implantation by endoscopy or robot.

 In 2019, 3861 kidney transplants were performed, with a success rate of about 98.5 in Turkey.

There are also 14 heart transplant centers in Turkey that have transferred at least 80 transplants annually since 2014.

While the one-year survival with medical treatment for patients with terminal acute heart failure is only about 40%, the one-year survival after heart transplant exceeds 90% and the 5-year survival exceeds 70 % in Turkey.

There are 5 lung transplant centers in Turkey, where at least 30 lung transplants have been performed in Turkey annually since 2015, some of which were associated with heart transplants in addition to operations Artificial heart implantation The newest in the world.

In Turkey, approximately 1,500 are transferred bone marrow annually for blood patients.

In Turkey, 4 transfusions of the pancreas and 4 of the small intestine were carried out in 2019.

In Turkey, the world's first uterine transplantation took place, after which uterine transplants began in both America and European countries.

Ugur before the transfer, after the transfer and after plastic surgery
Ugur before the transfer, after the transfer and after plastic surgery

Turkey was also a pioneer in the field of plastic surgery, including face transfer, where it performs 2-3 face transfers annually.

In Turkey, 61 units were recorded forbone marrow transplantThe annual number of operations has reached marrow transplant to 3 thousand.
Success rates are generally consistent with European and US data and vary according to the type of transplant (autologous or from a stranger) and the transplanted patient.

You can read more about Liver donation and transplantation in Turkey on our site.

Why do I choose organ transplantation in Turkey?

Bimaristan Medical Center remains your first choice for organ transplantation in Turkey.
Where we direct you to the best specialists in the field of organ transplantation, and we break the language barrier. Arab specialist doctors will help you communicate with your doctor. We help you book an appointment in the most important and modern hospitals in Turkey.
We provide our services throughout Turkey.
We will be with you step by step towards recovery.
Free consultations around the clock.
don't hesitate tocontact us,Bimaristan center is your family in Turkey.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, due to the great development in organ transplantation centers and the low prices compared to other European countries with almost the same quality.

In Turkey, there are many organ transplant centers, most of which are specialized and have a certificate of “Excellence”, including:

  • Akdeniz University Hospital (Mediterranean Center for Organ Transplantation) in Antalya
  • Medical Park medical center in Istanbul
  • Florence Nightingale Hospital in Istanbul
  • Liv Hospital in Istanbul
  • Medipol University Hospital

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