Pamukkale university organ transplatation center serves patients, who need organ transplant surgery, with superior healthcare services.Our center is among important healthcare facilities which support organ donation and transplantation.

What is liver transplant surgery?

Most patients requiring liver transplantation are cases with end stage hepatic cirrhosis and hepatocelular cancer.

Organ transplantation is the only treatment method for patients with chronic organ failure. Death is inevitable for those patients if organ cannot be supplied.

If transplant surgery is carried out before the patient deteriorates or overall health becomes instable, the surgical risks decrease and the length of life prolongs; for late transplantations, survival shortens and costs rise. Therefore, appropriate timing and patient selection are very important.

Liver transplant surgery requires recipients and donors with same blood type.  In living donor liver tranplantation a piece of liver that does not threat life of the donor, but helps survival of the recipient .

If the liver will be obtained from living donor, the recipient and the donor are concomitantly transferred to different operating theaters and the donor liver is obtained, while diseased liver is removed and next, the donor liver is transplanted to the recipient.

All transplant patients are postoperatively started on general medication treatments and immunosuppressive medications. After doses of those medications are adjusted and the patient adapts to the new life style, the patient is discharged to home.

The principal aim of the liver transplant surgery is to ensure normal and active life beyond restoration of health. Patients come together with their families, engage in working and school life, travel safely and take a vacation.


There is no age-related limitation for organ donation; the principle is that the donor and organs are health and the donor survives a healthy life after the organ donation.

It is possible to donate organ at all hospitals, where organ transplant surgeries are performed, and institutions affiliated to Ministry of Health.

What are indications of Liver Transplant?

All end stage liver diseases including some hereditary abnormalities, excessive use of alcohol and medication, cancer or viruses leading to hepatitis  can be treated by transplatation.

How Will Liver Tumors in Recipients Affect The Outcome?

Recurrence risk is very low for tumors smaller than 3 cm in diameter. If the diameter of a particular tumor is above 5 cm or if the total diameter of more than one tumor is above 8 cm, transplantation cannot be carried out.

If The Recipient Has Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, Does It Relapse In the Transplant Liver?

Hepatitis B will not relapse by 95% when immunoglobulins are used. Hepatitis C will relapse. However, it will cause problems in the liver in the very long term.

How Long Is It Necessary to Use Medications After Liver Transplant Surgery?

Based on our up-to-date knowledge, it is required to use drugs for 10 years.

What is frequency of follow-up visits after liver transplant surgery?

The patient should present for follow-up visit and blood tests twice a week in the first two weeks, once a week in subsequent three months, once in two weeks until the end of the first year and at monthly intervals thereafter.

Does the Liver Left in Body of Donor Regenerate Itself?

Yes, the liver will achieve full size of normal liver in 6 weeks, if no problem occurs.

When Can A Donor Engage in Routine Daily Life Activities?

The patient can be discharged on Day 10, if no problem occurs in postoperative period, while they may engage in routine daily life activities in 1-month period. However, they cannot do any sports for 3 months.

How long does the surgery take?

Living donor liver transplant surgery takes about 6 to 8 hours. The donor surgery takes about 3 to 5 hours.

Living Donor

Living donor should be healthy in all aspects. However, persons with controlled hypertension and thyroid hormone deficiencies can be considered as donor candidate, after they are assessed and approved by an internist. The donor should quit smoking and alcohol consumption for minimum 10 days before the surgery.

Should Living Donor be a relative?

Pursuant to organ transplant legislation of our country, the donor should document that s/he is a relative, up to 4th degree, of the recipient

Updated Date:8/1/2018 3:42:27 PM

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