Liver Transplant in Shiraz, Iran
Liver transplant is the second organ transplantation surgery after kidney.¬† So it must be clear that liver diseases are among the most serious health problems. According to the statistics, about 27 759 liver transplant surgeries were done in 2015.
In fact, during liver transplant surgery, the diseased liver of a patient is replaced with a whole or partially healthy liver of another person. Many people from around the world need this operation to stay alive. Iran Destination, Iran Travel Agent, tries to provide you with information on liver transplant in general and different issues about this operation, and finally we will talk about all you need to know about having a liver transplant in Iran. So to get more, follow this Persian travel agency.
What is my Liver‚Äôs job?
Actually, you cannot live without a liver! The liver is a vital organ in our body, doing the following things:
- It helps the body to digest food
- It clears all the wastes from our blood
- Proteins needed for the blood to be clotted are made by the liver
- It helps our body to use and store vitamins
- Liver store the sugars used for energy
- It makes chemicals protecting the body
- It breaks down drugs and toxins
Who needs a liver transplant?
When the liver does not work adequately to keep the person alive, liver transplant is recommended. In other words, liver transplant is the only option for those people with liver failure. But what causes liver failure?
Liver failure may occur suddenly, that is called acute liver failure or fulminant hepatic failure, as a result of clinical signs and symptoms of liver insufficiency. Some of the causes of acute liver failure are: acetaminophen overdose, viral infections, idiosyncratic drug reaction, or ingestion of a toxin.
One of the other conditions that leads to liver transplant is chronic liver failure. This vital organ has the ability to repair itself after an injury. But if there are repeated injuries and repairs over years, the liver will be scarred permanently. This condition is called cirrhosis, which is the most common reason of liver transplant in adults. Here are some of the causes of cirrhosis:
- Alcohol abuse
- Chronic hepatitis B or C
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
- Biliary atresia in newborns
- Autoimmune hepatitis
- Metabolic disorders
Who is not a good candidate for liver transplant?
Not all those with cirrhosis are good candidates for liver transplant. Those patients who can survive the operation and post-surgical conditions can have liver transplant. ¬†Generally patients with the following conditions are not considered appropriate candidates for liver transplantation:
- Cancer spread out of liver
- Sever pulmonary hypertension
- Uncontrollable or systemic infection
- Active substance abuse, whether alcohol or drug
- History of non-compliance or inability to adhere to a medical regimen
- Sever psychiatric disease
What are the chances of surviving a liver transplant?
One of the studies done before show that people with a liver transplant have an 89% percent chance of living after one year. The survival rate after five year is¬†75 percent.
You must be monitored by your doctor during your recovery so that they can detect any possible problems. And for the rest of your life, you have to take anti-rejection medicine.
Can you give part of your liver?¬†
Yes, it is possible to donate part of your liver to your relatives or friends. Studies found that this living donor liver transplant is safe. After this surgery, the partial liver, both in the donor and the recipient, will grow and provide normal function.
Before liver transplant surgery
Anyone wishing to have a liver transplant must be evaluated by a transplant team and then if approved, they will be placed on a national waiting list for the deceased donors. But if you have a living donor, there is no need to wait at the national waiting list.
The tests required for candidate‚Äôs evaluation
Here are the main tests the patients are required to take:
- Physical exam
- Psychological and social evaluation
- Detailed medical history
- Diagnostic tests on heart, lung, and other organs
- Imaging, like CT scans and ultrasound
- Blood tests
- HIV, hepatitis, alcohol and drug screening
Waiting in a liver transplant list
If transplant team approves you as a proper candidate for transplant, you are placed in a waiting list for the deceased donors. But where in list are you put in? This is partially decided by the model of End-stage Liver Disease (MELD) score. Those with the higher score are sicker and hence are in high priority for liver transplant. The score is based on some blood tests like the following:
- Level of creatinine ( how well your kidneys work)
- International normalized ration (how well your liver makes blood clotting proteins)
Fortunately, waiting time for liver transplant in Iran is not that much, and for foreign patients, there is no need to wait for that long time.
Liver transplant operation
During a liver transplant, the donor liver is removed and prepared and replaced with the diseased liver. Several key connections of the liver are again established so that blood can flow through the liver and the bile will be drained from the liver. This surgery can take 12 hours or more. If it is a deceased donor, the operations starts when the liver arrives, but if you want to get your liver from a living donor, both the donor and the receiver will be operated at the same time.
Liver transplant recovery
After this surgery, you need to stay in hospital for at least three weeks. During these weeks, the doctor will evaluate your operation success, and informs you if you need anything. To fell completely healthy, it may take until 1 year. And you have to take anti-rejection medications for the rest of your life.
Please note that if you want to have your liver transplant in Iran, and you have no one else to travel to Iran with, Iran Destination, Iran travel agent, will help you with your stay and have someone by your side during all these weeks. So do not worry if you are alone.
Liver Transplant in Iran
The Iranian LT experience began over 20 years ago at the Shiraz Organ Transplantation Center (SOTC). Today, this is the leading center of transplant in Iran and has performed over 3000 transplants from living and deceased donors. A decade after the beginning of SOTC, Iran‚Äôs second transplant center was opened at the Imam Khomeini Hospital Complex (IKHC) in Iran‚Äôs capital, Tehran. The amazing point is that several other hospitals in other regions of Iran commenced LT programs soon. During these 23 years, 4485 liver transplants were done at 6 centers in Iran. And 4106 of these transplants were from deceased donors, while 379 were from living donors.
Liver Transplant in Shiraz
Namazi hospital in Shiraz is now considered the first and the biggest organ transplantation center in Iran and the third in the world. It might be surprising to you that Shiraz has ranked 1st in world liver transplant surgeries. This is why many patients from around the world wish to have their liver transplant in Iran and especially in Shiraz.¬† Abu Ali Sina transplant center is another famous center for organ transplantation in Shiraz which has started to work recently, but has grown to a great extent with Shirazi skillful doctors. Doctor Ali Malek Hosseini also has his surgeries in this transplant center. If you are one of those and you do not know where to start from, rely on Iran Destination, Iran travel agent.
I want to have Liver Transplant in Iran, what should I do?
As liver transplant in Iran is now an affordable treatment for patients with end-stage liver disease (ESLD) with acceptable survival, many people choose to have this surgery done by the professional and skilled Iranian surgeons. In order to have an appointment with a Persian specialist, you need to provide this Iran travel agent with your medical files and IDS. Our Persian travel agency connects you with the best surgeons and you can talk to them about your problems. You will get all you need and then you can make your decision. Just contact us and let us know what you want.
The best Iran city for liver transplant
As mentioned before, Shiraz is the first and biggest liver transplantation center in Iran and it is of high reputation all over the world. But Tehran, as the capital of Iran, is also a good choice for this operation. Liver transplantation surgery is also done in other cities of Iran, like Mashhad, Kerman, and Rasht.
We usually arrange an operation in Shiraz, as Shiraz is a pioneer in liver transplant and most of our clients like to have liver transplant in Shiraz. Doctor Malek Hosseini, father of liver transplantation surgery in Iran, also operates in Shiraz Abu Ali Sina center. But in case you like to have this surgery in any other cities of Iran, just tell us.
How much does liver transplant cost in Iran?
Believe it or not, liver transplant in Iran is so affordable that many patients who do not have enough money to do it in their countries, and may be waiting for their life end; find a miracle, i.e. liver transplant in Iran. Besides from the surgery, you can have a visit to different places in Iran, and still have much of your money saved!
As Iran is now facing local economic problems, things are getting expensive for Iranians but cheaper and cheaper for foreign visitors. So this is the best time to travel to Iran and do whatever you need here. Because of constant change in currency exchange rates, it is not possible to write a simple price here. To get the daily cost of liver transplant in Iran, please contact our Iran travel agent. We are always available and provide you with all information you need.
Does insurance cover liver transplant?
Yes, it does. But you have to note that not all costs are covered by the insurance. Of course, the majority of costs are covered by the insurance; however post transplantation care costs are not covered. Please consult your insurance company before you begin the liver transplant process.
How to Get a Medical Visa for Iran
In addition to all usual information and documents you need for¬†Iran Visa, the following information should be presented to the officials:
- the letters/Emails between the patient and specialist to MFA
- The probable diagnose of specialist. The hospital and the city in which the operation takes place
- The duration of Stay, Recovery and hospitalization