ORGAN TRANPLANTATION CENTER / LIVER TRANSPLANTATION UNIT
Liver transplantation is the only treatment of liver failure. It means changing of failed organ with the new one. Cirhosis is the most transplanted disease group in the worldwide. From this follows some kind of congenital disease and liver neoplasms. Pamukkale University took certificate of approval for liver transplantation in 2017 and patients’ registration has started by year 2018. The organ may come from a donor who has died or one of patient’s relatives, or from living donors.
- Liver Transplantation from cadaveric source
- Liver Transplantation from living relatives
Cadaveric Liver Transplant:
It may take place when someone’s brain death comes into existence after a traffic accident, cerebral hemorrhage, brain tumour or heart attack and their families donate the organs. Scrunities must show that donor does not have any contagious disease, cancer or liver disease. Unfortunately, there are long waiting lists in our country due to lack of cadaveric organ donation.
Liver Transplantation from living relatives
This is a type of operation which is done with a closer relative of recipient’s part of liver. Mother, father, sibling, spouse or relatives should be volunteers. All of the tests done to the volunteer are required to show that there is no inconveniency to give a part of liver.
Background Information for Liver Donors:
It is a good feeling to help someone you love, to give him / her a chance to get rid of from his / her disease and to revive. Furthermore, nothing can be compared to happiness of donating a part of our organ. Even of this good feeling, the idea of donating a part of your liver may disturb you from the very start. You may begin to worry about how it can affect your future health. Please do not forget that donors’ liver start to grow rapidly after the operation and it reverts back nearly 3 months later. In the same way, recipient’s donated piece of liver grows and takes actual size in 3 months. When you decide to donate a part of your liver, first of all detailed examinations will be done for not to harm your health. During this examinations, if there is a shadow of doubt, your donation will not be accepted and the condition will be notified to you and your relative. From later on, a new volunteer donor will be found. To transplant liver, lower age limit is 18, upper age limit is 60. There is no certainty, but problems over 60 may prevent the operation. The first rule of liver transplantation is matching of blood group.
Doctor in Charge: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ali Kağan GÖKAKIN
Organ Transplantation Coordinators:
Assistant Prof. Aslı METE
Nurse Zuhal SARIOĞLU
Organ Transplantation Clinic:
Nurse Kadriye ÖNCEL