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Memorial Sisli Hospital Istanbul

location_on Istanbul, Turkey
9.2/10 from 79 Votes

Department of Kidney Transplantation in Adults and Children (641465)

Abdullah Ozkok

Assoc. Prof. Dr. med.

Abdullah Ozkok

Specialized in: kidney transplantation in adults and children

About the department

The Department of Kidney Transplantation in Adults and Children at the Memorial Sisli Hospital Istanbul specializes in kidney transplantation in adults and children with advanced stages of chronic kidney failure. The department's specialists also provide comprehensive preparation for the intervention and follow-up care after transplantation. The department is headed by Assoc. Prof. Dr. med. Abdullah Ozkok.

Depending on the particular clinical case, kidney transplantations both from living and deceased donors can be performed. The removal of the donor kidney is performed using laparoscopic techniques. The most important condition for successful treatment outcome and exclusion of the transplanted organ rejection is the compatibility of the donor kidney with the recipient's tissues. The department's surgeons perform more than 370 kidney transplantations annually, and therefore they have vast clinical experience. The treatment success rates in the department are at the highest level and are not inferior to the results of transplantation in the leading hospitals in the world.

The department's medical team always strives to achieve the optimal result of transplantation, and therefore the operation is preceded by the diagnostics, which allows the doctors to accurately assess the benefits and risks of treatment, as well as to develop the optimal regimen of follow-up immunosuppressive therapy to prevent rejection of the transplanted kidney. When preparing a patient for kidney transplantation, the doctors conduct laboratory tests, functional diagnostic examinations of the liver, thyroid gland, adrenal glands and kidneys, ECG and echocardiography, CT scan, ultrasound examinations of the abdominal organs, X-ray of the thoracic organs and other types of diagnostic tests.

In most cases, the patient undergoes kidney transplantation from a living donor, close relatives are the best candidates for the role of a donor. When selecting a donor, the doctors take into account HLA-compatibility of the patient and the donor, as well as the absence of transmissible infections (for example, HIV, hepatitis C and B), rhesus factor and blood group match. In addition, it is desirable that the weight, height and gender of the donor coincide with those of the recipient.

The donor kidney is removed during a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure under general anesthesia. The use of laparoscopic technique can significantly reduce the recovery period after the intervention. After the operation, the donor stays in the hospital for some time, under the supervision of specialists. During this time, he undergoes diagnostic examinations for doctors to be sure that he is in good health.

Kidney transplantation is performed under general anesthesia. The incision is made above the groin, on the right and left sides. In most cases, the donor kidney is placed in the iliac fossa. The vessels of the donor kidney are connected to the vessels of the recipient. The surgeons attach the ureter of the donor kidney to the bladder. When blood flow into the donor kidney resumes, it will begin to filter the blood and excrete metabolic products in the urine. In most cases, the patient's own non-functioning kidney is not removed. It is advisable to remove the affected kidney in patients with severe infectious diseases, kidney cancer, kidney atrophy or polycystic kidney disease. The duration of the kidney transplantation is 3-4 hours. After the operation, the patient should take immunosuppressants to prevent the rejection of the transplanted organ. Since the department's surgeons regularly perform many transplant procedures, the treatment success rates are quite high and can compete with the results of kidney transplantation in countries with advanced medicine.

The department's main clinical focuses include:

  • Preparation for kidney transplantation, including comprehensive diagnostics both for recipient and donor
  • Surgery to remove a donor kidney
    • Minimally invasive laparoscopic intervention
  • Kidney transplant surgery
  • Follow-up care for the patient after kidney transplantation, including an individual selection of immunosuppressive therapy
  • Other medical services

Curriculum vitae

Professional Career

  • Since 2018 Head of the Department of Kidney Transplantation in Adults and Children at the Memorial Sisli Hospital Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 2015 - 2018 Nephrologist, Umraniye Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 2010 - 2015 Assistant Physician, Department of Nephrology, Göztepe Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 2005 - 2010 Research Assistant, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine of the Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Higher Education and Postgraduate Training

  • 2013 - 2014 Internship in Nephrology, Department of Nephrology and Hypertensiology, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado, USA.
  • 2010 - 2015 Study of Medicine, Istanbul Medeniyet University, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 2005 - 2010 Specialized training in Nephrology, Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University.
  • 1999 - 2005 Study of Human Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of the Istanbul University.

Scientific Publications and Reports

  • Authorship of 3 books.
  • 69 articles in international journals.
  • 19 articles in Turkish journals.
  • 29 oral presentations and posters at the international congresses.
  • 53 oral presentations and posters at the Turkish congresses.

Awards and Scholarships

  • 2015 Best Research Award, American Physiological Society.
  • 2013 Scholarship for Training Abroad, International Society of Nephrology (ISN).
  • 2013 Scholarship for Training Abroad, Turkish Society of Nephrology (TND).
  • 2010 Best Research Award, 27th National Congress of Nephrology, Hypertensiology, Dialysis and Kidney Transplantation.

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • Turkish Society of Nephrology.
  • International Society of Nephrology (ISN).
  • American Society of Nephrology (ASN).
  • European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA).

Photo of the doctor: (c) Memorial Şişli Hospital

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