Organ Transplant Procedures
Organ transplants are one of the most common treatments that people seek overseas and over the past year International Medical Treatment Ltd (IMT) has received many enquiries; from people who are looking to undertake kidney, liver and bone marrow transplants.
This article is to give you an insight on how IMT works and our partner hospitals that offer organ transplants services and other important information you need to know concerning organ transplants overseas.
Our Partner Hospitals
IMT partners with some of the best hospitals overseas which are all JCI accredited; meaning that they offer not only high-quality medical treatment but also safety for their patients. Some of these hospitals perform organ transplants; kidney, liver, heart and corneal transplants, among others.
What do you need to know about getting organ transplant overseas?
Different countries have different policies when it comes to organ transplants, therefore, before choosing where to go for your organ transplant, you should know the following:
- You need to have a donor before travelling for a transplant overseas:
Most hospitals will require that people seeking organ transplant find a donor before travelling for their treatment simply because, the people who are willing to donate their organ(s) in those countries, will only be allowed to donate to citizens of their countries.
- Relative and Non-relative donor
This is one major factor to consider when choosing which country to travel to for a transplant. Most countries like India and Thailand will require that you have a donor who is a relative; a parent, sibling, aunt, uncle or grandparent.
However, in Turkey, you can have a donor who is not a relative but is willing to donate their organ to you. In this case, the donor must prove that they are not receiving any payment and donating on their own free will.
Before embarking on your journey overseas to get a transplant, there are tests that should be done locally to show that the donor and the recipient are compatible.
For instance, to determine whether the donor and the recipient are in the same blood group, whether the donor is a universal blood donor, or that the recipient is a universal blood recipient.
This will actually save you money, because there is no need to travel to a different country only to find out that your donor is actually not compatible. Even though these tests will be redone in the overseas hospital you choose for your transplant, you should ensure you have them done locally just to be sure you have the right donor.
Contact us today to find out more about blood group matching and the tests needed to undertake before travelling to confirm the compatibility.
Knowing the cost of your transplant is crucial in helping you to plan better for your entire overseas medical treatment journey. That is why IMT will get you a treatment plan from the hospital you choose to get the transplant and prepare for you a treatment plant to help in better planning.
The cost of a transplant depends on the country you choose to get the transplant. For instance, in India, a kidney transplant could be USD15,500, a liver transplant could be USD38,000 and a bone marrow transplant could cost USD25,000 or USD36,000 depending on whether it is autologous (self-donated) or allogenic (from a donor), respectively.
In other countries like Thailand, Turkey and the UAE, transplants may be slightly higher. All our partner hospitals however, offer high quality medical treatment and therefore, whether you choose India or Turkey, or any other country we have a partner hospital in, you are assured of quality in getting your transplant.
People travelling for overseas medical treatment are required to have someone accompanying them and a transplant is no exception.
Whether it is your family member, your spouse, a friend or your parent, you will need someone to take care of you while you undergo your treatment.
You need to know that this person cannot be your donor because the donor will also need to be taken care of and can travel back once the doctor gives a go ahead for them to travel. Therefore, you will need to travel with someone else apart from your donor.
Depending on how you respond to your new organ, your doctor will give a go ahead for you to return home once he or she is sure that the transplant has been a success and that you are safe to travel. However, the donor will spend less time at the hospital, which is usually about 7 days.