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Department of organ transplantation

Prof. Dr. Mahir Mahirogullari
orthopaedics, traumatology

About the department

The organ transplantation department at Memorial Sisli Hospital Istanbul is an internationally leading centre well-known among patients from the Balkan countries, the USA, Europe and the Middle East. The department's highly specialized surgeons treat patients by replacing damaged organs that cannot function due to incurable diseases. Complex diagnostics precedes operations on the limber of organs. The operation is an extreme measure, which surgeons resort to only in cases where other types of treatment are guaranteed to fail, and organ transplantation is the only treatment option for patients. For organ transplantation, the patient must receive donor material from a living or deceased donor. About 75-80% of organ transplants in the department are performed using donor material from living donors. Doctors evaluate the general state of the donor's health, the organ's condition, and the donor's compatibility with the recipient.

The main directions of the department are liver transplantation and kidney transplantation. With exceptional experience, the surgeons perform over 370 transplants and almost 260 liver transplants per year. As a result, the success rate in the department is very high and surpasses the results of well-known clinics with this specialization in Europe and the USA. In addition to experienced surgeons, the medical staff includes caring nurses who create a comfortable environment before and after organ transplantation.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Chronic liver failure
  • Severe liver damage from hepatitis
  • Liver cancer
  • Decompensated cirrhosis of the liver
  • Congenital anomalies of the liver and biliary tract
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Organ cancer
  • Diseases of the pancreas

Diagnostic: 

  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination 
  • Liver function tests (ALT, AST, proteins, bilirubin)
  • Kidney function tests (glomerular filtration rate and albumin to creatinine ratio)
  • Ultrasound examination 
  • Doppler or duplex sonography 
  • Digital X-ray 
  • Computed tomography (CT scan) 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) 
  • Scintigraphy (using small amounts of radioactive materials)
  • Biopsy 

Treatment:

  • Split transplant
  • Transplantation of a part of an organ
  • Orthotopic transplantation
  • Heterotopic transplantation
  • Donor organ removal surgery
  • Preparing for a transplant
  • Dispensary observation of the patient after transplantation
  • Individual selection of immunosuppressive therapy
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 2005 - 2006 Orthopedics and Traumatology Fellowship, Wake Forest University, United States of America
  • 1995 - 1999 Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialization Training, Gata Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey
  • 1986 - 1992 Medical Doctor Training, Gata Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

Experience

  • 2016 Specialist of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Memorial Sisli Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
  • 2016 Specialist of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Memorial Atasehir Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
  • 2012 - 2016 Specialist of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Medipol University Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
  • 2010 - 2012 Specialist of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Gata Haydarpasa Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
  • 2009 - 2010 Specialist of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Saricamis Military Hospital, Kars, Turkey
  • 2007 - 2009 Specialist of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Gata Haydarpasa Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
  • 2005 - 2006 Fellowship, Wake Forest University, USA
  • 2000 - 2000 Specialist of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Kfor NATO Multinational Peace Force, Kosova

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Turkish Association of Orthopedics and Traumatology Unity
  • Turkish Association of Orthopedics and Traumatology
  • Turkish Association of Sports Injuries Arthroscopy and Knee Surgery 
  • International Society of Arthroscopy Knee Surgery & Orthopaedic Sport Medicine
  • Turkish Association of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 
  • European Society of Sports Traumatology Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy 
  • Hip Knee Arthroplasty Association
  • 45 notices and posters presented in international meetings, 70 publications
  • 80 notice and posters presented in national meetings
  • 20 publications in journals with national arbitration
  • Translation editorship in 6 books, translation of 39 chapters, chapter authorship in an international book
  • Turkish Association of Orthopedics and Traumatology Award of Best Verbal Declaration
  • Derviş Manizade Awards, 3rd prize
  • TOTBİD Altındağ Branch Publication Encouragement Award
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