LIVER TRANSPLANT ABROAD, TURKEY
Acıbadem Hospitals Group makes a difference in liver transplantation
The only organ that can regenerate itself
The liver is regarded as the most complicated and metabolically active organ in our body. However, the liver can also continue functioning even when 70% of its tissue has to be removed. When a liver donor donates more than half of his/her liver for transplantation, the remaining part can resume its function without any loss or serious complication. We owe this ability to the liver’s capacity for regeneration, because the liver is the only organ that can regenerate itself after the removal of more than half of its tissue.
When is a liver transplantation needed?
Even when inflammations related to alcohol consumption or fatty liver disease, hepatitis infections, long-term congestions or stones of the bile ducts, certain metabolic diseases, tumours, or congenital enzyme deficiencies are present, patients can continue a normal life for a long time as long as the progress of the disease is slow. But once the liver insufficiency becomes manifest, it may lead to itching, edema in the lungs and ascites in the abdomen, severe hepatitis, bleeding and anemia.
In advanced liver disease, changes in personality and behaviour may be observed. Weight loss, reduced amount of urine, and fatigue may progress to a coma.
These symptoms point out that the patient’s liver cannot fulfil the body’s needs. This condition, called “liver failure”, leaves a liver transplant as the only option for the patient.
Successful Results in the Gold Standard “Orthotopic Liver Transplant”
In Acıbadem Bursa Organ Transplant Centre, liver transplantation is performed both from live donors and cadavers. The method applied during these operations is orthotopic liver transplant, a method regarded as the “gold standard” around the world. Through this modern technique, the large vein located behind the liver is preserved using surgical clips before the transplant is performed. For the success of this operation, a surgical team and equipment with a high technical capacity are required. Like every transplant, liver transplants should also be carried out in hospitals and operating rooms furnished with the highest technology. When the transplant is made from a live donor, half of the liver is transplanted to the organ receiver. Thus, the surgical process is technically very demanding. Following the transplant, while live donors can be discharged within 6-7 days, organ receivers hav eto stay at the hospital for 15-20 days. The transplanted liver then regenerates itself and grows rapidly to a size large enough to fulfil the needs of the receiver.
International Quality in Infrastructure
The Acıbadem Bursa Hospital Organ Transplant Center gives service with its technical infrastructure matching international standards. Organ receivers and donors are treated in operating rooms and intensive care units under completely sterile conditions with laminar flow and state-of-the-art technological equipments. The laboratory procedures are carried out at Acıbadem Labmed, a laboratory in international standards which is also a member of the Acıbadem Healthcare group.
The Organ Transplant Center established within the Acıbadem Bursa Hospital possesses all the necessary technology for liver transplantation. Director of this liver transplant center is Prof. Dr. Remzi Emiroğlu, who has broken new ground in kidney and liver transplants in Turkey. Since 1998, Prof. Emiroğlu has performed approximately 200 liver and more than 200 kidney transplants.
Prof. Emiroğlu and his team are experienced both in auxillary (i.e. without removing the whole liver), and in standard orthotopic liver transplants. The team also has experience in every kind of shunt surgery and Sugiura procedures in patients with bleeding due to liver cirrhosis. Prof. Emiroğlu, who has performed the first transplants to adult and paediatric patients from live donors and cadavers in Bursa has approximately 100 scientific articles on organ transplantation, 85 of which have been published abroad.