Renal Transplantation

Organ Transplantation is plantation of a functional organ to compensate for the one that can’t perform essential tasks. Organs to be transplanted can be received from live donors or from the deceased who have their organs donated when they are diagnosed as brain death.

Kidney failure is the stage of disease when kidney functions are not enough for clearing the wastes from blood. These patients can stay alive with the help of hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. A new kidney is a hope for rescuing these patients. A functional kidney can be transplanted from the patient’s relative or from a brain dead donor.

First interview with the patient is carried out by transplantation coordinators. When nephrologists decide that the patient is fit for a transplantation operation, he/she is listed in the organ waiting list of the Ministry of Health. If there’s a relative who can be a live donor, he/she is also examined and tested. When all tests are complete, the patient and the donor are discussed in the transplantation council which is composed of the experts of the field. After the approval by the council, IDs and birth certificates of the patient (and his/her relative) are checked. Transplantation coordinators provide the info to the patients. Patients sign the informed consent prior to the operation.

Kidney transplantation is a big size operation that takes three to four hours. If successful, the transplanted kidney functions instead of native kidneys. In order to assure that the transplanted kidney is not rejected, transplanted patient should take immune suppressive drugs lifelong.

What is brain death?

Brain death is the loss of brain stem reflexes and it is different from vegetative state or coma. It is diagnosed by the brain death committee.  The members of the committee perform diagnostic tests and when they decide the situation is permanent, the patient is diagnosed as brain dead.

Is organ donation acceptable for religion?

According to the declaration by religious affairs on 6th March 1980 (nr. 396), organ donation is not only acceptable but also encouraged.

Who will receive the donated organs?

The list of the patient is monitored and coordinated by the Ministry of Health. Priorities are decided upon emergent conditions and according to blood and tissue groups. There is never a discrimination according to gender, race or social status.

Our transplantation center is active since 1986. There have been 735 kidney transplantation operations done. Our center is also equipped and experienced to perform concomitant heart and kidney transplantation which can be done only in a limited number of institutions worldwide


The transplantation center is active in Selcuk Aybar Transplantation Unit in the 5th floor of General Surgery Department. Patients should apply to this unit in order to be registered for organ transplantation. Those who wish to donate organs should also apply to this unit.

Transplantation Centre Manager:  Prof. Dr. Salih PEKMEZCİ

Surgical Team

Kidney Transplantation Manager: Prof. Dr. Salih PEKMEZCİ

Kidney Transplantation Manager Assistant: Doç. Dr. Mehmet VELİDEDEOĞLI

Prof. Dr. Mehmet ELİÇEVİK

Nephrology Team

Prof. Dr. Nurhan SEYAHİ

Doç. Dr. Sinan TRABULUS

Transplantation Coordinators

Nu. Rukiye İNAL

Nu. Kübra GÜRCAN