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Organ Transplantation Center

Organ Transplantation Center

Organ Transplantation Center

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Everybody hopes that their loved ones live healthy and happy lives free of serious medical problems. However, a significant number of people require specialized medical care, particularly for the treatment of organ failure every year. This fact is even more devastating in children. Parents would like to make sure that their children experience a healthy and happy childhood. Unfortunately, a significant number of children are diagnosed with chronic organ failure every year.

Koç University Hospital offers top-quality organ transplantation procedures coupled with advanced global standard of care for both adult and pediatric patients. Organ Transplant Center has witnessed a tremendous admission of patients seeking treatment for kidney, pancreas and liver failure in its first year of opening.

Organ Transplant Center delivers excellent care with a global team of caregivers who change the lives of many patients with end-stage organ disease throughout the world. Thanks to Prof. Dr. Munci Kalayoglu, who is listed as one of the 20 most innovative pediatric surgeons alive today, the field of pediatric medicine has changed forever and saved the lives of many children around the world by rendering making liver transplantation a routine and acceptable form of treatment for liver failure both in adults and pediatric patients. He founded the Liver Transplant Program at the University of Wisconsin in the US and ran the program roughly for 25 years. A leading pediatric and general surgeon, Dr. Kalayoglu has performed more than 1,500 liver transplants, including Wisconsin's first liver transplant, the state's first reduced-size liver transplant, the first cluster transplant, the first adult-to-adult living donor liver transplant, the first pediatric liver transplant and the transplant on the state's smallest liver transplant recipient. He also performed Wisconsin's only separation of conjoined twins. He also pioneered the use of the Belzer UW organ preservation solution in clinical liver transplantations.

After returning to Turkey in 2006, Dr. Kalayoglu recruited two young US-trained transplant surgeons for his new Organ Transplant Program. Over the course of the 12 years they worked together, Dr. Kalayoglu mentored these two surgeons for the foundation of Koç University Hospital Organ Transplant Center.

Burak Kocak, MD, a Professor of Urology and director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program trained at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, US, and is certified by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons for Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation.

Turan Kanmaz, MD, is a Professor of Pediatric Surgery and director of the Liver Transplant Program. He worked at the University of Wisconsin Liver Transplant Program for two years alongside Dr. Kalayoglu.

Emre Arpali, MD, has joined the program as co-director of the Kidney Transplant Program. He trained at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, US, and is certified by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and European Board of Surgery for Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation.

Basak Akyollu, MD, also joined the program as a co-director of the Pancreas Transplant Program.

Koç University Hospital Organ Transplant Center offers kidney, pancreas and liver transplant operations by an internationally experienced team. Koç University Hospital Pediatric Organ Transplantation Program offers kidney and liver transplant operations.

Choosing the right transplant center is very important. Organ transplantation does not solely consists of the operation itself. It includes pre-transplant and post-transplant processes as well. It requires a multidisciplinary care, therefore a high quality of laboratory, operating rooms, pre and post operative care and intensive care unit (ICU) and imaging services is necessary during the transplantation process. Koç University Hospital is fully equipped with the latest technology and offers advanced surgical applications. The organ transplant surgeries at Koç University Hospital performed by our highly experienced organ transplant team in a fully equipped hospital based on the cutting-edge technology, results in high success rates. Organ Transplant Center also introduced innovative techniques to shorten recovery times for both recipients and living donors.

Koç University Hospital Organ Transplant Center offers the following procedures:

  • Kidney and liver transplantation from both live and deceased donors
  • Pancreas transplantation from deceased donors
  • Combined kidney and liver transplantation (simultaneously or sequentially)
  • Pediatric kidney transplantation
  • Pediatric liver transplantation
  • Pediatric combined kidney and liver transplantation (simultaneously or sequentially)
  • Donor kidney removal through laparoscopic technique or robot-assisted technique
  • Donor liver removal through laparoscopic technique
  • Paired exchange kidney transplants
  • Paired exchange liver transplants
  • Domino liver transplants

Koç University Hospital Organ Transplant Center offers robot assisted kidney transplantation.

The kidney transplant surgeons at Koç University Hospital adopted the robotic kidney transplantation procedure, a rarely performed procedure around the world. The donor kidney is placed into the patient’s body through a small 5-cm abdominal incision made around the belly button and the surgeons perform the rest of the entire procedure with the da Vinci Xi robotic system. In robotic surgery, our surgeons use a computer-controlled robotic arm to perform the transplant. The surgeons direct the movements of the arm and use tiny instruments through small incisions to transplant the donor kidney. Our team combined their collective expertise in laparoscopic, robotic and kidney transplant surgery accumulated over 2000 cases and 2 decades to successfully complete the operations.

Besides being cosmetically superior to open surgical technique, robotic kidney transplantation ensures a less painful postoperative process and faster recovery.

In addition to the aforementioned advantages of robotic kidney transplantation, Koç University Hospital Organ Transplant Center utilizes cutting-edge practice in the care of end-stage renal failure patients for a safe and minimally-invasive procedure.

Koç University Hospital Organ Transplant Center utilizes all types of minimally-invasive surgery for live donors.

The liver transplant surgeons at Koç University Hospital adopted Turkey’s first purely laparoscopic living donor hepatectomy procedure for liver transplant. A pioneering effort in Turkey and a procedure that is only rarely performed around the world, it has become a hallmark for Koç University Hospital. Surgeons at Koç Organ Transplant Center use a camera and tiny instruments through small incisions in the body of the donor to remove a piece of the donor’s liver, which is then transplanted to the recipient.

Besides being cosmetically superior to open surgical technique, laparoscopic donor hepatectomy ensures a less painful postoperative process, a shorter term of hospital stay and a more rapid recovery.

The kidney transplant surgeons at Koç University Hospital also use the da Vinci Xi robotic system for donor nephrectomy procedures. This innovative surgical technique has been added to their accumulated experience with over 2000 laparoscopic donor nephrectomies, one of the largest surgical repertoires of its kind in Europe and probably in the world.