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Developed using high technology, tissues, organs and cells that allow nutrition with the “perfusion device” 4-12 hours if not transplanted heart, liver, kidney, pancreas organs such as lost function can now be protected for 24 hours, another can hope. Turkey Medicals member AU Faculty of Medicine professor who spoke on the subject Dr. “The function and vitality of the organ can be maintained as if it had never been removed from the body,” was explained.

Developed using high technology, the “perfusion device” that allows tissues, organs and cells to be fed in about 4-12 hours if the organs such as the heart, liver, kidney, pancreas that lose function can now be protected for 24 hours and hope for someone else.

Turkey Organ Transplantation Foundation (TONV) carried out in cooperation with stakeholder institutions and organizations in coordination with International Transplant Network (Transplant Network International) within the scope of advanced technologies that are used in organ transplantation described “extraction from organ donors Dead titled” International Course Program at the Medical Faculty of Ankara University was held.

In the course program, which was attended by more than 60 surgeons from 22 countries around the world, perfusion device application was performed using liver and kidneys taken from sheep.

Head of the kidney and Pancreas Transplant Center of the Faculty of Medicine of AU Turkey Organ Transplantation Foundation Prof. Doctor, in a statement, 25 thousand kidneys in Turkey, 2 thousand 500 liver, including about 30 thousand people are waiting for organs, stating that organ donation from living beings is high, but organ donation from cadavers is low, he said.

50 million people in Spain, the number of organ donors from cadavers in Turkey is 8 million people transfer Prof. Doctor, cadaver donation rates must be increased, he stressed.

Turkey Organ Transplantation Prof. Doctor said that the number of organs that can be taken and applied from cadavers in restricted conditions has increased with new technologies.

Along with the new devices, the donor-to-recipient transplant process is prolonged, mismatch detection and new tests due to the increase in time due to damage occurs as a result of the unusable and “marginal donor” organs are now starting to become available, was said,:

“The feature of perfusion devices is that organs removed from the cadaver go through a period of time until they are attached to the receiver. In live transplants, the organ can be inserted immediately, but in a cadaver, the organ is removed, it goes to a tissue test. Sometimes the body has to go outside the province. A donor who dies from an illness and whose disease also damages the organ also has a poor performance when the damaged organ is inserted. The new technology can keep the organ alive until it is inserted into the receiver after the organ is removed and the blood is gone again.

In liver and kidney transplantation, when the transplant cannot be done within 12 hours, the organ becomes unusable, and now it can be protected for 24 hours with this device and excellent results are obtained. The perfusion device can also be used for the heart, pancreas.”

Perfusion devices have been put into routine practice in the UK, the Netherlands and Spain, Doctor in Turkey said, adding that they have started to be widely applied in EU countries and the United States. Turkey Organ Transplantation Prof. Doctor, “donation rates should be increased in Turkey. It is important that these devices come into use so that organs are not wasted in donations from cadavers.”he made his assessment.


Organ Transplantation Turkish Doctor, who gave information about the use of the device, said that the organs removed in the classic method are protected by cooling at +4 degrees with special storage solutions given from the artery. By slowing down the metabolism of cells, preventing excess energy expenditure, the life of the organ is tried to be extended, Turkey Organ Transplantation Prof. Doctor said, perfusion devices using 2 separate techniques that extend the process of staying healthy of the organ.

Prof. Dr. In the first method, the organ is constantly given oxygen with a cold solution, while in the other technique, the organ is fed through the artery by giving oxygenated blood, such as the blood sent by the heart, was said.

“The function and vitality of the organ can be maintained as if it had never been removed from the body. Because it is held for a long time, the organs that are on the border are not damaged because it can be fed. In fact, it is not possible for a liver transplant that is very fat, with these machines, the organ can be transplanted by giving fat-dissolving substances, bringing them to normal liver values.”he gave his information.


Director Of The Organ Transplant Center Of Leiden University Hospital In The Netherlands Prof. Dr. also noted that high-tech devices are of great importance in preserving the organ.

“The biggest feature of these machines is that they allow organs that are unlikely to be installed to become available,” was said. Two years ago, you couldn’t even imagine it, but today, thanks to these machines, organs are made better after removing them.” he said.

Prof. Dr. said that in this way, a significant increase can be achieved in the use of organs taken from cadavers for someone else.

Organ Transplantation doctor, on the other hand, emphasized that Turkey’s success in organ transplantation from living beings and surgical techniques are very good, and noted that donations and transplants from cadavers are not enough. “We expect Turkey to increase organ transplants from cadavers.” said.


TONV President said that within the scope of the program, the best organ transplant surgeons in Europe and Surgeons in Turkey came together and became educators.

The program has significantly increased the visibility of Turkish Health Services thanks to its repercussions at home and abroad, “this will allow the transfer of the Turkish experience abroad.” said.

That perfusion devices that allow the protection of organs for a healthy long time are important in successful transplant operations, “I think the devices will start to be used in Turkey with training programs and courses and will take their place in daily practice.” was in the form.

Coffee, even a single organ should not be wasted, cadaver donations are limited and insufficient, emphasizing that “it is vital to increase the number of available organs with the support of high technological devices”.

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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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