Kidney Transplant
by Prof. Murat Tuncer, M.D.

For ESRD end stage renal disease patients, kidney transplantation is a highly preferred alternative that brings quality to life.


Prof. Murat Tuncer, M.D.

General Surgery

In this procedure kidney from a living donor who is usually a family member or from a deceased donor is transferred to the receiver with kidney failure.

This is a fairly safe surgery with around 99% success rate unless the procedure is performed by an experienced team in a well-established Kidney Transplantation Center.


When your physician following you for renal disease (who generally is a Nephrologist) diagnoses ESRD, you will be informed about treatment options and you will only be recommended kidney transplantation if your condition is suitable for transplantation. That means not all ESRD patients can go through Kidney Transplantation. Eligible patients are prepared for transplantation surgery while they continue to receive dialysis.


A related living donor is generally a healthy family member who has similar genetic material with the receiver. Transplant team considers medical test results and several other factors while evaluating if the potential donor is a good match. The degree of relation is ethically an important factor that Ethical Committee of the Transplant Center places a great importance and examines carefully.

There is a false belief that after the transplantation donor may face health issues regarding the donated kidney but this is totally incorrect. Donor continues his life as it was before the surgery, without any side effects.


Just like any surgery Kidney Transplantation surgery has risks but the procedure itself can’t be named as a very complicated/ complex operation, but the period after the surgery is very critical and requires knowhow and experience. The success of the treatment depends on the care of the team to watch the new kidney functioning properly and body s not rejecting the new organ.

Receiver is expected to stay in the hospital 5-7 days after the surgery. The main focus of physicians and nurses at this stage is watching the adaptation of the new organ to the body and the performance of it.

While patients receive a number of medications called immunosuppressants that prevent natural defense mechanism of the body to attack the transplant tissue, they also become open to infections. The distinction in between reputable and average Transplant Centers lie at how well they manage this stage of their patients. 

After Discharge

After a successful kidney transplantation, patients continue to receive medications and stay under the monitorization of their Nephrologist for the rest of their lives. Through routine periodical laboratory tests and by physical examination, Nephrologists adjust their prescriptions.

Prof. Murat Tuncer, M.D.

General Surgery
  • Medical School, Hacettepe Univesity
  • Internal Medicine, Akdeniz University, 1998
  • Nephrology, Akdeniz University, 2001
  • Organ Transplantation Center, Akdeniz University, 2000-2008
  • Organ Transplantation Center, Medical Park Antalya Hospital, 2008-2015
  • Professor since 2016, Kemerburgaz University
  • 60+ international articles, h-index 17
  • Works in İstanbul
  • Head of 3 İstanbul Organ Transplantation Centers of Medicana since 2017

Educated and worked in Akdeniz University Organ Transplant Center which was the leading Kidney Transplant Center of not only Turkey but also for all of Turkey’s neighbor countries till 2008, Prof. Murat Tuner is probably the Nephrologist who has the highest number of patients who underwent Kidney Transplant and still followed by himself.

His team managed the first international cross-over transplant in the world in 2013 and the first simultaneous coronary by-pass & kidney transplant in 2012. Before that they were performing the “firsts” of Turkey such as first HLA incompatible kidney transplant in 2000, first blood type incompatible transplant in 2005 and first successful pancreas + kidney transplant in 2007.

Now as the Head of 3 of Medicana Hospital Group’s Organ Transplant Centers in İstanbul, he coordinates 3 Nephrologists, 6 General Surgeons and 7 other specialist physicians. The experience that covers over 4.500 transplants makes him one of the leading addresses of Turkey.

Prof. Murat Tuncer highlights the 1st year survival rate of Turkey as 99% which makes Turkey the best of Europe in success rates for living donor although the number of cases is considerably higher than those countries. In his centers ABO and HLA-incompatible transplants can regularly be performed.

Cross-over transplant became an ordinary practice for all centers but when it comes to multiple transplants which is also called “Domino Transplant”, only few centers can perform these. Prof. Tuncer and his team managed the first Seven-Way Donor Kidney Transplant in 2018. That was the highest kidney swap to date for Europe and Turkey where 7 operations were performed simultaneously with the participation of 23 physicians.

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