Stem Cell Therapy in Turkey

Treatment and Cost

21

Total Days
In Country

2 No. Travelers

10 Day in Hospital

11 Days Outside Hospital

Treatment cost starts from

USD 7000

Hospitals

About the Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cells are the body's raw materials cells from which all other cells with specific functions are produced. Stem-cell therapy means using the stem cells to treat or stop disease or condition. The most widely used stem cell treatment is called as hematopoietic or blood stem cell transplantation, like bone marrow transplantation which is done to treat blood and immune system ailments or to restore the blood system after treatments for certain types of cancer. The two main ways by which stem cells can be used are as follows:

1) Transplant: The chosen stem cells are collected either from the patient or a donor and cultured or modified in some way prior injecting or grafting into the patient.

2) A target for a drug or other biologic: Here the drug or biologic is planned to activate a required response from the stem cells that are present in the patient’s organs or tissues.

How is Stem Cell Therapy performed?

The doctor will first clean and numbs by giving anaesthesia to the hip area. A needle is then inserted into an area of the pelvic bone which is called as the iliac crest. Bone marrow is then removed using an extraordinary syringe and the sample taken is sent to the laboratory. The doctor then cleans and numbs the patient’s affected area that needs treatment. Under the guidance of special X-rays, the doctor injects the stem cells into the affected region. The complete procedure normally takes less than one hour and the patient may return home on the same day of the procedure. There are stem cell treatments for different types of medical conditions as below:

Stem cells treatment for multiple myeloma:

The patient receives high-dose chemotherapy to kill the cells in the bone marrow. Later, the patient gets fresh, healthy blood-forming stem cells.

Stem cells treatment for sickle cell disease:

Same procedure followed as a treatment for multiple myeloma.

Stem cells treatment for lymphoma:

Stem cell transplants are at times used to treat lymphoma patients who are in remission during or after treatment. The stem cells are frozen and stored while the person gets high-dose chemotherapy or radiation. Then through IV, it is given back into the patient’s blood.

Stem cells treatment for leukaemia:

Same procedure followed as a treatment for lymphoma.

Stem cells treatment for thalassemia:

Stem cells are taken from a healthy donor and transferred into the patient’s blood. The stem cells the move to the patients’ bone marrow where they grow and allow it to generate healthy blood cells.

Stem cells transplant for diabetes:

The skin cells from a diabetes patient can be reprogrammed into induced pluripotent stem cells that have the probability to make any cell type in the body, containing beta cells (cell types involved in diabetes), as well as the immune cells which attack and destroy beta cells in type 1 diabetes.

Stem cells transplant for muscular dystrophy:

Injecting stem cells into the body with muscular dystrophy, the stem cells may produce working muscle fibres to substitute the patient’s damaged ones which help to gain muscle strength, can exercise for longer and generate normal muscle proteins.

Recovery from Stem Cell Therapy

The complete stem cell procedure will take 3-4 hours. Stem cell patients easily walk out on their own. They can normally return to work and daily activities within two days. They need to take it easy and should not do any load bearing activities for at least three weeks post procedure. They will need to abstain from taking NSAIDs for a while as this can affect the healing process of the body. Normally for a period of six to twelve months, many patients will have ongoing improvement, observing a reduction in inflammation, less pain and an increase in mobility and function.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health care infrastructure of Turkey / Why should opt for Turkey as a destination for your medical treatment?
The healthcare infrastructure of Turkey comprises health centers, health posts, mother and child health and family planning centers, tuberculosis dispensaries, etc. Health centers are each staffed by a team consisting of a doctor, a nurse, a midwife, a health technician, and an administrator. Health posts report to health centers and are each staffed by a midwife. Health centers and health posts are the only settings providing preventive care, health promotion, and community-based health services. All other settings use specialists to provide just primary diagnostic and curative care. Turkey is turning out to be a preferred destination for medical treatment by many people across the world for its pace of development. The people are friendly and the administration is efficient. After the treatment in Turkey, one can even choose to unwind amidst its beauty.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in Turkey? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals?
The Joint Commission International (JCI) is a global leader in health care accreditation. JCI accreditation is considered a gold standard in worldwide health care. It provides the most skilled and experienced healthcare professionals in the medical industry, as evaluators of the rigorous international standards in healthcare quality and patient safety. Here are a few JCI certified hospitals in Turkey :
  • Anadolu Medical Center
  • Hisar Intercontinental Hospital
  • Medipol Mega University Hospital
  • NP Istanbul Brain Hospital
  • Neolife Oncology Center
  • Liv Hospital
  • Medicana Healthcare Group
  • Kadikoy Florence Nightingale Hospital
  • Istanbul Memorial Hospital
  • Memorial Antalya Hospital
  • Taksim Hospital
  • Dunyagoz Hospitals Group, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Medical Park Hospitals Group
  • Medical Park Göztepe Hospital Complex
  • Acibadem Maslak Hospital
  • German Hospital Taksim
  • Medical Park Bahçelievler Hospital
  • Göktürk Florence Nightingale Medical Center
  • International Hospital
  • Aydinlar Dental Group
Are the doctors/surgeons in Turkey of the best quality?
Doctors in Turkey are highly educated and well trained. This is one of the reasons why many people flock to Turkey for medical treatment. The doctors are skilled and can converse fluently in English and other foreign languages.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in Turkey?
At present, there are two types of medical visas available for your visit to Turkey:
  1. Medical Visa, which can be obtained from the Consulate of Turkey
  2. Online Visa (eVisa), which can be obtained in advance of arrival via the government of Turkey’s online visa system.
Visitors must obtain a medical visa for traveling to Turkey unless they come from visa-exempt countries and territories or citizens of those countries, which are eligible to apply for an e-Visa online. How To Acquire Online Medical Visas (e-Visa or electronic visa) :
  1. Simply visit www.evisa.gov.tr and apply on the platform by selecting your country and the type of passport or identity card. The platform is self-explanatory and will guide you throughout every step.
  2. Once you are done filling the form, save and download the form for future references.
  3. The applicant must visit the nearby Turkish embassy in his/her country to get the approval of the Consulate.
  4. Once the visa is approved, the travel dates can be scheduled accordingly.
What support services does MediGence provide in Turkey?
MediGence has been praised on a global scale for the list of services they provide. Apart from the listed services, the staff and the guides are adorned for their customer interaction, impromptu assistance, and various other assistance related guidance throughout the tour. Thus, the list of services provided by MediGence are:
  • Insurance query related guidance
  • In-detail guidance till completion of the medical tour
  • Visa Assistance
  • Free airport to hospital transfer
  • On-Ground Support
  • Teleconsultations
  • Accommodations Assistance
  • Rehabilitation and recovery services
Which are the best cities in Turkey for medical treatment?
The capital of Turkey is Istanbul. Istanbul is easily accessible and the preferred location for medical treatment. Other cities with good hospitals are Izmit and Bursa.

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