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Kidney Transplant in Turkey

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Kidney transplantation, also known as a renal transplant or kidney transplant procedure is a type of organ transplant where a healthy kidney from a healthy donor is transplanted into a patient with an end-stage renal disease.

There are two types of renal transplant:

● Cadaveric renal transplant – the kidney transplant procedure is done with a deceased donor
● Living donor kidney transplantation – the kidney transplant procedure is done with a living donor, usually a member of the recipient’s family.

Although many recipients usually receive kidneys from family members, the donor does not necessarily have to be biologically related to the receiver. Renal transplant requirements are simple:

The donor and receiver need to have compatible an ABO blood group and a compatible HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigen) system.

Kidney Transplant Candidates

A Kidney transplant procedure, also known as a renal transplant is recommended for patients suffering from an end-stage renal disease.

There is a wide range of medical conditions that can lead to an end-stage renal disease, including:

● Infections
● Malignant hypertension
● Diabetes mellitus
● Polycystic kidney disease

Diabetes is the most common cause of the end-stage liver disease. Approximately 25% of renal transplant patients suffer from diabetes.

Am I Suitable for Kidney Transplant?

A kidney transplant procedure is not recommended for patients suffering from a liver disease, heart disease or lung disease. Kidney transplantation is not recommended for heavy smokers or patients suffering from morbid obesity, as they are at a higher risk of developing complications from the kidney transplant procedure.

Preparing for Kidney Transplant

Patients need to stop smoking before the kidney transplantation procedure. Blood thinners need to be avoided. Some patients may be required to lose weight before the renal transplant can begin.

How is Kidney Transplant Performed?

The kidney transplant procedure is done under general anaesthesia. Kidney transplantation usually takes 3 or 4 hours to complete. The surgeon will create an incision in the abdomen region and then will begin connecting the donor kidney to the veins and arteries in the recipient’s lower abdomen. The ureter will then be connected from the donor kidney to the recipient’s bladder. Once the new kidney gets a steady supply of blood and is connected to the bladder, it will start functioning immediately, producing urine. The incision site is then closed with stitches and the patient may begin the kidney transplant recovery period.

Kidney Transplant Summary


General anesthetic

Hospital Stay

5 to 7 days

Duration of Operation

3 to 4 hours

Number of Trips Abroad

1 trip

Kidney Transplant Recovery

During the kidney transplant recovery period, the patient will be administered immunosuppressant drugs, which stops the receiver’s immune system from rejecting the new kidney. Patients usually stay between 5 and 7 days in the hospital. The new kidney will start working at maximum capacity around 5 to 10 days after the renal transplant.

Patients need to avoid green teas, pomegranate or grapefruit as these foods are known to have a negative interaction with the kidney transplantation procedure.

Kidney Transplant Risks and Complications

Kidney transplant complications can include:

● Infection
● Proteinuria
● Ulceration of the stomach
● Gastrointestinal inflammation
● Transplant rejection – chronic, acute or hyperacute

Kidney transplant rejection occurs in 10 to 15% of renal transplant patients during the first 2 months after the kidney transplant procedure. In this case, medications adjustments or alternative treatments are required.

Kidney Transplant Side Effects

Patients can expect pain, discomfort, a feeling of weakness after renal transplant surgery. The patient’s immune system will need to be suppressed and this can lead to other medical problems.

Kidney Transplant Success Rates

Kidney transplantation surgery has a 90% success rate, 5 years after the renal transplant is performed.

Before and After Kidney Transplant

Kidney transplantation can extend the life of individuals suffering from an end-stage renal disease. Renal transplant patients usually live 10 to 15 years longer than patients kept on dialysis. Generally speaking, younger kidney transplantation patients enjoy a greater increase in longevity. Individuals usually have more energy, enjoy less restricted diets and suffer from fewer medical complications after a kidney transplant procedure.

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Memorial Sisli Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
27 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International ISO 9001:2000 - International Organization for Standardization TTB - Turkish Medical Association
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Medical Park Goztepe Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
3 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International EMBT - European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation ISCT - International Society for Cellular Therapy
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Medipol Mega University Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
7 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International
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Memorial Atasehir Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
14 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International ISO 9001:2000 - International Organization for Standardization TTB - Turkish Medical Association
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Medical Park Antalya Hospital

Antalya, Turkey
11 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International EMBT - European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation ISCT - International Society for Cellular Therapy
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Kent Hospital

İzmir, Turkey
JCI - Joint Commission International
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Memorial Ankara Hospital

Ankara, Turkey
6 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International ISO 9001:2000 - International Organization for Standardization TTB - Turkish Medical Association
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Florence Nightingale Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey
6 reviews
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Medicana International Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey
1 review
JCI - Joint Commission International
FROM€ 20,559
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Memorial Antalya Hospital

Antalya, Turkey
9 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International ISO 9001:2000 - International Organization for Standardization TTB - Turkish Medical Association
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Acibadem Maslak Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
9 reviews
JCI - Joint Commission International ISO 9001:2008 - International Organization for Standardization
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Kidney Transplant Cost in Turkey

Cheapest Kidney Transplant price in Turkey is € 20,559. Average Kidney Transplant cost in Turkey is € 28,658 where prices can go as high as € 32,707.

With FlyMedi, you can connect with 11 General Surgery centers in Turkey that are offering Kidney Transplant procedures. These General Surgery centers are accredited by international standard-setting bodies including JCI and ISO 9001:2000. Popular Kidney Transplant destinations in Turkey include Istanbul, Antalya and Ankara.

Prices listed on this page are the average price for Kidney Transplant. Clinics may require more details regarding your medical condition in order to provide you with a personalized Kidney Transplant quote. For a more accurate Kidney Transplant price quote, please click HERE.


Turkey is a treasure trove of traditions, spices, street food delights and destinations for any intrepid tourist. It’s a mix between the familiar and the exotic, ranging from the bustling streets of Istanbul to the serene and relaxed Roman ruins spread around Turkey’s Western and Southern coast. Turkey is a fairly large country with 75 million inhabitants. The country spreads between Europe and Asia, with 97% of the country on the Asian side – Asian Turkey. Turkey is encircled and enjoys access to three different seas: The Black Sea, The Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and the largest city in Europe, regarding population – It has over 14 million people.


Turkey’s medical infrastructure has improved greatly beginning with the early 2000s and now is one of the biggest medical tourism hubs in Europe and Asia. Turkey has the largest number of JCI-accredited hospitals, second only to the USA and hospitals are more often than not part of international healthcare groups, following strict European protocols and regulations. Turkey has 28.000 medical institutions spread across the European and Asian side but some of the biggest private hospitals and medical centres are in Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya and Bodrum – these also happen to be some of the best tourist destinations in Turkey.

Sights to See

Bodrum is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey, with its sandy beaches and small streets littered with traditional shops and elegant restaurants. The town used to be called Halicarnassus, and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is one of the World’s Seven Ancient Wonders. Bodrum also features a castle built by the crusaders in the 15th century.

Istanbul is the home of several architectural treasures, including the Blue Mosque. The Blue Mosque was built on the orders of Sultan Ahmed between 1609 and 1616 and the Sultan’s body still resides within the mosque. The high ceiling is lined with more than 20000 handmade ceramic tiles, hence the name – The Blue Mosque.

Pamukkale, meaning “The Cotton Castle” in Turkish is a surreal destination in the country’s western region of Denizli, world renowned for its white terraces with warm spring water. The ancient Greek city of Hierapolis was built over the springs and Pamukkale was a renowned destination in antiquity as well. Tourists can visit the ancient Roman and Greek ruins of the baths, temples and theatres dating to the second century BC.

Things to Know

● If you don’t feel like waiting in a queue, you can get a VISA for Turkey online. The VISA usually costs around $20 for US travellers.

● Turkey’s population is predominantly Islamic so it’s a good idea to wear a headscarf while visiting mosques. Shorts or any other garments that fit under the knee are not prohibited by law but it’s considered good etiquette not to wear shorts for men or short skirts for women.

● You can change any sort of currency into the Turkish Lira – the Turkish currency just about everywhere. Most supermarkets and shops also accept credit cards.

● Roaming fees in Turkey can be somewhat expensive, so it’s a good idea to simply buy a new Turkish SIM card and use it while staying in Turkey.

● Turkey’s international calling code is +90.

● Electrical installations usually operate on 220 volts, 50 Hz and use European style plugs and European style sockets. Four and Five star hotels usually provide North American - 120 volts, 60 Hz sockets as well.

● Driving in Turkey can be a hassle sometimes, but very pleasurable at other times. Roads are usually in good shape and some roads actually lack traffic, so it can be a relaxing experience. In Turkey, people drive on the right, so that’s a detail you will need to keep in mind. In some areas, villagers made cardboard and marker pen signs in order to help lost tourist on their way.

● Renting a car in Turkey is quite simple and cheap. If you have the budget for a full insurance, you should definitely take it – if anything happens, at least you won’t have to worry about money.

● The Turkish Airlines Company, THY offers destinations to just about anywhere in the world with a total of 261 destinations. The company was founded in 1933 and features 285 passenger and cargo planes.

● Turkey uses the metric system which is easy enough to understand – 1 Km = 1000 meters, 1 Kg = 1000 grams, and so on. One mile equals 1.60 Km.

● Turkish people are warm and very hospitable - It is customary for people to hug and kiss both cheeks regardless of their gender.

● Turkish street food is very diverse, from the simple bagel-type snack Simit to the familiar pizza-type Lahmacun, there are tons of variants to just about anything. 

● Turkish coffee is world renowned, but it’s also a bit different than say, its American counterpart -  It is usually a strong coffee with a rich aroma, served very hot from a small traditional cup. Be careful not to drink any of the coffee grounds still in the cup.

● Turkish delight, as the name suggests, can be a really sweet delight for tourists. It is made from sugar, starch and just about any fruit or aroma imaginable, including walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, dates, lemon, orange, rosewater and many others. Turkish delight is usually served with coffee and it became popular all around the world, including in the Balkans region and as far as Brazil and North America.

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Kidney Transplant FAQ

What can I do to avoid transplant rejection after a renal transplant?

Patients need to follow the immunosuppressant drug plan thoroughly in order to avoid kidney transplant rejection. Even if the new kidney is healthy, it doesn’t mean it cannot get diseased if the renal transplant patient has an unhealthy lifestyle.

What is a perfect match kidney?

A perfect match is when there is a degree of kinship between the donor and the recipient – e.g. a brother or a sister.

If I get a new kidney through a kidney transplant procedure, will the diseased kidney be removed?

The diseased kidney will not be removed during the renal transplant procedure – it can lead to more medical complications.