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Pancreas Transplant (3 Clinics)

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Medipol Mega University Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
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Florence Nightingale Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey
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Antalya, Turkey
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Grace Diamond, United Kingdom
star star Jul 2021

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Fantastic!! Definitely recommend booking via flymedi, prices are affordable which isn’t the case where I live. So far everything’s running smoothly and any questions I’ve had have been answered honestly and promptly. very caring and professional towards your needs and no judgments

El, Canada
star star Jul 2021

Angela went above and beyond my expectations. She is very friendly and you can always feel at ease contacting her. She made sure I was comfortable with our choice of surgeon Dr. Can Karaca and set up a video call for me. Always ready to help and answer any questions (she would always be available despite the 7 hour time difference)! I wasn’t really sure about traveling to Istanbul, Turkey for my procedure until I met Angela and she explained everything from start to finish and stood behind her words to always be of assistance. Mind you I have been researching for months now for a good doctor and went back and forth between waiting 2 years to get my surgery done in Canada or even traveling to Mexico for it! I was thinking Turkey would be a difficult route due to time difference and the distance but I’m very happy I chose to go to Turkey with Flymedi and I’m glad my agent was Angela Sabou! Do not hesitate to work with Flymedi and especially request Angela if you can!!! - a very satisfied client

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After trying IVF unsuccessfully in the US for many years Maria from Adonis Fertility International gave me hope. I was very impressed by her work ethic and I trusted she would work hard at helping us become parents. Her communication was top-notch. I choose Adonis because of Maria and then worked with Amy, Nancy, and Ivanna and ALL were Amazing. Everything is broken down for you in steps and very organized. There was always someone there to answer a question you may. Its been a very smooth process, with all the legal documents and made transporting the biomaterial stress-free. We are still in our beginning stages and I will give another review at the end but everything so far has been excellent and I would recommend Adonis to any US couple looking to try IVF and hopefully become parents.

Pete Tarantino, United States
star star Jun 2021

Excellent service

Excellent service. I was really hesitant at first, because I’ve never done anything like this before, but Kirstie did a great job of answering all my questions & concerns, in a timely manner. I would highly recommend using this service.

Omar Hansen, United States
star star Jun 2021

At the beginning, I was very hesitant about having my surgeries, especially the idea of having them in Turkey, which is a country located across the ocean of where I come from, the United States of America. When I initially started my research, I came across Flymedi, and I strongly believe that connecting with them was the best decision I have made in regards of having my desired surgeries. After entering my contact information, I was contacted from Flymedi by an agent named Abud. On one hand, Abud has been a great assist and support to my journey, as he was involved in every step throughout the process. He was very responsive to all my concerns and inquiries before and after the operations. On the other hand, everyone at the clinic that I was referred to (EstEthica) was very nice and welcoming. The in-person consultant on site (Lamia) was extremely helpful and kind. She, along with the whole clinic staff, made me feel so comfortable and made the whole trip seem as smooth as possible, despite the discomfort after the surgeries. In terms of the results, I can not speak of this just yet as it has only been a week since I have had my operations. However, I will definitely come back within a couple of months to update my review and speak about the results and any other additional notes along the way. In a nutshell, all I can say that I am grateful for everything so far, and I truly appreciate everyone that was involved in this process! P.S. as a word of advice, if you are having a hair transplant operation, I highly recommend having it at least 3 - 4 days before your departure flight back home, as the post operation instructions are a bit intense and not being in a rush would significantly help with the recovery process.

Recommended For Pancreas Transplant

For the patients who are suffering from Type 1 Diabetes pancreas transplant surgery is suggested since these patients are more at risk of experiencing severe complications as a result of the disease.

Not Recommended For Pancreas Transplant

For the patients with following medical conditions, pancreas transplant surgery is not suggested:

● Pancreatic cancer
● Morbid obesity
● Substance abuse
● Psychiatric disease

Other contraindications may still apply.

Discharge From Hospital

Patient is required to stay 1 week in hospital

Duration Of Operation

3 hours

Minimum Stay

3 to 4 weeks

Overview

Pancreas transplant surgery or pancreas transplantation surgery is the operation of planting a healthy pancreas or part of a healthy pancreas into another patient’s body. The patients of these transplants are usually suffering from diabetes.

The pancreas is one of the vital organs in a human’s body. It plays a critical role in digestion and production of insulin, and others. Usually, when a pancreas transplant takes place, the patient's pancreas stays in the same place, and the new, donated pancreas is attached in a different location. This is done because in certain cases, the new pancreas is rejected by the body, which can be deadly if the patient’s pancreas doesn’t remain on the body.

There are two main types of pancreas donors:

● Living donors – With living donors, pancreas transplant operation can be performed. To donate a section of the pancreas, there are some necessities. This operation is also called partial pancreas transplant surgery.
● Recently deceased donors – Pancreas transplant surgery from recently deceased donors is performed by transplanting the entire organ, rather than a part of it.

Pancreas transplant surgery can be performed in 4 different ways:

● Single pancreas transplant surgery – This operation is generally performed for the patients who are suffering from type 1 diabetes, but with good functionality of the kidneys
● Simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplant – This procedure is also known as SPK, SPK implies the transplant of a pancreas and kidney simultaneously from the same deceased donor● Pancreas after a kidney transplant – Also known as PAK, implies a pancreas transplant procedure after a different kidney transplant has been performed using a different donor
● Simultaneous deceased-donor pancreas and live-donor kidney transplant – This treatment technique also has the best results.

Over 90% of pancreas transplantation procedures are simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplants.

Preparation

At least 4 weeks before the pancreas transplant operation, the patients should stop smoking. Also, blood thinners, herbal teas, and anti-inflammatory medications should be avoided as well. Before the operation, the patients should be in a good state of health for the procedure to have positive results. A doctor would assess the patient’s overall health state before the pancreas transplant operation.

How It Is Performed

Firstly, general anesthesia is given to the patient. After, the doctor makes an incision on the central abdomen. The new pancreas is harvested with a small portion of the small intestine. The doctor will then proceed to attach the new pancreas to the patient’s bladder or small intestine. Also, the blood vessels are linked to the new pancreas as well. The patient’s old pancreas remains as it is– this is a safety measure in case the transplant gets rejected by the body.

Finally, the incision is sewed, and bandages are applied. The procedure lasts for around 3 hours in total.

Recovery

After the operation, the patient needs to stay for a couple of days in an intensive care unit, under strict medical supervision. After the surgery, the new pancreas is expected to start working instantly. Also, the patients need to stay in the hospital for around a week and close medical supervision is essential for 3-4 weeks. Once the operation is completed, immunosuppressant drugs are given to the patient.

Risks

Pancreas transplant operation has some complications such as:

● Infection
● Bleeding
● Pancreatitis
● Thrombosis
● Transplant rejection

Side Effects

Pancreas transplant surgery has some side effects such as pain, discomfort and swelling around the incision site. Also, nausea and vomiting can be experienced by some of the patients.

Success Rates

The success rate of the pancreas transplant is 95%, at one year after the transplant is performed.

Before And After

With the pancreas transplant operation, a patient’s life can be extended by several years. Around 85% of transplanted pancreases are functional for several years after the procedure has been performed. However, taking immunosuppressant drugs can increase the possibility of having other diseases such as infections or cancer.

Faq

– How long do I need to take immunosuppressant drugs?
The patients who had pancreas transplant must take immunosuppressant drugs for the rest of their lives, even if it can increase the risk of developing other medical conditions.

– Will I need to visit the clinic sometime after the surgery?
Yes, the patients who had pancreas transplant has to be observed for the rest of their lives. Also, it might be needed to change the dosages of immunosuppressant drugs.

– What is the possibility of experiencing organ rejection?
The prevalence of organ rejection is around 1%.

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This content is written and reviewed by our medical content team in October, 2019.