The bar has been raised very high in recent years on kidney transplants in our country. For example, did you know that you could have your kidney removed through your vagina with the help of a tool that is inserted through an incision measuring only 2 cm on your abdomen, to be transplanted into a loved one? What’s more is that this incision closes completely in about 6 months and is not even noticeable. One of the few places in the world where this method can be performed is the Acibadem International Hospital Organ Transplant Center.
Organ donors can be grandmothers and grandfathers, sometimes spouses and siblings or friends or even ‘seven layer stranger’ identities for cross transplants are possible as donors. When it comes down to ‘giving life to a loved one’, Turkey is way ahead of Europe for live donors. The point that our country has reached, especially in kidney transplants, is quite high. Some medical applications that couldn’t be ‘imagined’ before are helping people who have reached the ‘last stop’ in their lives become rejuvenated with successful operations. Chronic kidney failure is an illness that can endanger life. In fact it has become even more frequently encountered by people. One out of every 7 people in Turkey has chronic kidney disease. Since it is an insidious disease it usually cannot be detected until it is far advanced and 9 out of 10 people are not even aware of the disease. 70 thousand people are destined to live dependent on dialysis. Even though many people who are shaken by the discovery that their kidneys are failing resort to dialysis to survive, an organ transplant becomes inevitable eventually.
Only in a few centers in the world
Organ donations from cadavers are quite limited in our country but Turkey is much further along than Europe in transplants from live donors. When the experience of doctors is added to the head spinning advancements in technology, a number of achievements have been realized on a world scale in organ transplants.
Acibadem International Hospital General Surgery Specialist and Organ Transplant Center Chairman Prof. Dr. İbrahim Berber said “We, as the Acibadem International Hospital Organ Transplant Center have been performing kidney transplants for about five years. While we try to save patients from having to use dialysis and achieve a more comfortable and healthier life with organ transplant operations, we also try to make the surgery more comfortable for the donors, who have donated an organ to improve the life of their loved one. We aim to make life more comfortable for those who have made this sacrifice as well”. In this context, while all of the operations on donors are done by closed method, some are done through a ‘single port’ incision and some are done by removing the organ through the vagina.
There is no sign of the incision left after 6 months
Prof. Dr. Berber explained that in the procedure to remove the kidney by way of the vagina, the patient’s abdomen is entered through a small, 2 cm incision using a laparoscopic tool and the kidney is removed through the vagina and added, “This procedure can only be done on women who have given birth. This is only done in a small number of centers throughout the world. You can only see one or two cases like this in articles”. The kidney removal through the vagina procedure, which is relatively new and only possible with advanced experience, requires both knowledge about laparoscopy and the capacity to be able to use this in the most advanced way. This technique, which takes 30 to 45 minutes longer than a normal operation, has many advantages. While a normal, standard closed-operation requires an incision of about 5-6 cm to remove a kidney, this operation only requires a tiny incision on the abdomen, as the kidney is going to be removed through the vagina, which disappears without leaving a scar after the surgery. In fact, 6 months after the operation, there is no trace of the incision left so there is no scar remaining after the operation. The organ donor can return to their normal daily routine a day or two after the operation.