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Kidney Transplant in Istanbul

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Kidney transplantation, otherwise called a renal transplant or kidney transplant procedure is

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Koc Healthcare Institutions

Istanbul, Turkey
2 reviews
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Memorial Sisli Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
30 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
10 reviews
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Memorial Atasehir Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
15 reviews
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Medipol Mega University Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
8 reviews
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Medical Park Goztepe Hospital

Istanbul, Turkey
3 reviews
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Florence Nightingale Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul

Istanbul is the biggest city in Turkey and In Europe, according to population – it has over 14 million inhabitants. Istanbul is Turkey’s financial, cultural and healthcare hub – it’s the city with the most JCI accredited private hospitals. The city spreads on both sides of the Bosphorus – The strait that divides the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea. Istanbul also connects Europe to Asia forming a very interesting mix, both gastronomically and culturally.

Over 11 million tourists visited Istanbul in 2012, making it the fifth most popular tourist destination in the world.

Sights to See

The Blue Mosque
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also called the Blue Mosque incorporates Islamic architecture and Byzantine Christian elements in its design. It is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period. The Mosque got its name from the 20,000 Iznik blue ceramic tiles used to line its interiors. The Blue Mosque is also the final resting place of Sultan Ahmed which commissioned the building in 1609, with work finishing in 1616.

Basilica Cistern
The Basilica Cistern is one of the most popular tourist sites in Istanbul. The Cistern is huge, with a total of 336 columns arranged in 12 rows. It was built in order to store water during the Byzantine time – in the 6th century. Most of the columns feature decorative carvings, as they were re-used from other classical-age structures. Some of the most interesting columns on the site are the Medusa stones, in the north-west corner of the Cistern.

Topkapı Palace
Topkapı Palace is one of the finest examples of Islamic art and architecture. The palace itself was built by Mehmet the Conqueror in the 15th century and has been the residence of Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years. The palace is a vast complex of richly decorated courtyards and rooms. The palace features a Harem, the Imperial Treasury room, the Imperial Council Chamber, the Second Court, the Third Court (the Sultan’s private rooms) and the Palace Kitchens. The palace became an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 and has been described as “one of the best examples of palaces of the Ottoman period”.

Tourists can enjoy a wide range of shopping centres and bazaars such as the Grand Bazaar, the Egyptian bazaar and many modern shopping malls all around Istanbul.

Things to Know

● Tourists arriving in Istanbul will be required to purchase a tourist Visa – the procedure can be easily done online or at a visa machine before the immigration section of the airport. The Visa costs around 20 USD.

● There are 3 main airports in Istanbul. Hazerfen Airport is a private airport with limited traffic. Atatürk Airport is located on the European side of Istanbul and Sabiha Gökçen Airport is located on the Asian side of Istanbul. Usually planes land at the Atatürk Airport (IATA:IST) which is just 20 km from the city centre. From there a visitor can take a taxi to Taksim Square for around TRY60. Tourists can also use a local airport service called Havataş which runs express bus services every 30 minutes for around TRY11 to Taksim Square and Aksaray.

● Food and drink at the airport is quite expensive and may cost 4 times more than in the city. It is advisable to bring your own meals from the town if you have a lot of waiting to do at the airport. There is also a supermarket close to the airport metro entrance where you can buy reasonably priced food and drink.

● You can change any sort of currency into the Turkish Lira (TRY) just about anywhere across Istanbul. Most shops and supermarkets also accept credit cards for payment.

● Roaming fees in Turkey are expensive, but you can simply buy a new SIM card when you reach Istanbul and use it for the duration of your stay.

● Istanbul has a humid subtropical climate, so the summer months are generally warm and in winter temperatures differ from place to place.

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Kidney Transplant

Kidney transplantation, otherwise called a renal transplant or kidney transplant procedure is a kind of organ transplant where a healthy kidney of a healthy donor is transplanted into a patient suffering a final-phase renal illness.

Two kinds of renal transplant can be seen: 

● Cadaveric renal transplant – the kidney transplant operation from a deceased donor
● Living donor kidney transplantation – the kidney transplant operation from a living donor, generally an individual from the receiver’s family.

While numerous receivers usually receive kidneys from members in the family, the donor does not need to be biologically related to the recipient. Renal transplant necessities are basic: 

The donor and recipient must have a congruent ABO blood group and a congruent HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigen) system.

Kidney Transplant Candidates

A Kidney transplant operation, otherwise called a renal transplant, is suggested for patients experiencing a final-phase renal illness.

There are various health circumstances that may result in a final-phase renal illness, involving: 

● Infections
● Malicious hypertension
● Diabetes mellitus
● Polycystic kidney illness

Diabetes is the most widely recognized reason for final-phase liver illness. Around 25% of renal transplant patients experience the ill effects of diabetes.

Am I Suitable for Kidney Transplant?

A kidney transplant operation is not suggested for patients experiencing a liver, heart, or lung illness. Kidney transplantation is not suggested for patients smoking excessively or experiencing morbid obesity because they have an increased risk of arising complications from the kidney transplant operation.

Preparing for Kidney Transplant

Patients have to quit smoking beforehand the kidney transplantation operation. Also, blood thinners should be avoided. Some patients may need to lose weight before the kidney transplant can start.

How is Kidney Transplant Performed?

The kidney transplant operation is carried out under general anesthesia and often lasts 3 or 4 hours to finish. The surgeon will make an incision in the abdomen area and then will start attaching the donor kidney to the veins and arteries in the receiver’s lower abdomen. The ureter will then be attached from the donor's kidney to the receiver’s bladder. After the new kidney acquires a stable supply of blood and is attached to the bladder, it will begin operating immediately, generating urine. The incision area is then shut with sews, and the patient may start their recovery process from a kidney transplant.

Kidney Transplant Summary

Anesthesia

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 recovery period of a kidney transplant, the patient will be prescribed immunosuppressant drugs, which ceases the recipient’s immune system from refusing the new kidney. Patients generally remain about 5 to 7 days in the hospital. The new kidney will begin functioning at full potential about 5 to 10 days after the renal transplant.

Patients have to stay away from green teas, pomegranate, or grapefruit since these foods are recognized as interacting negatively with the kidney transplantation operation.

Kidney Transplant Risks and Complications

Complications of a kidney transplant can involve:

● Infection
● Proteinuria
● Ulceration of the abdominal
● Gastrointestinal inflammation
● Transplant refusal – chronic, acute or hyperacute

Kidney transplant refusal happens in 10 to 15% of renal transplant patients throughout the initial 2 months after the kidney transplant operation. In such a situation, medicinal changes or alternative treatments are necessary..

Kidney Transplant Side Effects

Patients can experience pain, discomfort, a sense of weakness after the renal transplant operation. The patient’s immune system would require to be suppressed and this can result in additional health issues.

Kidney Transplant Success Rates

90% success rate is seen, 5 years after the renal transplant is done.

Before and After Kidney Transplant

Kidney transplantation can lengthen the life of people experiencing a final-phase renal illness. Patients of renal transplant generally live 10 to 15 years longer than patients remained on dialysis. Mostly, younger kidney transplantation patients experience a more significant increase in longevity. Patients generally have more energy, less limited diets, and struggle with fewer health difficulties after a kidney transplant operation.

Kidney Transplant FAQ

– What can I do to avoid transplant refusal after a renal transplant?
Patients need to follow the immunosuppressant drug plan thoroughly in order to avoid kidney transplant refusal. 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 receiver – 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 result in more medical complications.

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