As a surgeon he has performed nearly 6.000 operations, he focused on organ transplantation for the last 15 years. Besides kidney operations which constitutes the majority of this practice, he also reached above 1.000 liver and pancreatic transplants.
Prof. Dinçkan highlights the new generation immunosuppressive care protocols and developments in surgical and anesthesia procedures, supported 1-year survival rates to rise up to 90% in well-established and experienced centers.
“Immunosuppressive medication is a double-sided blade”
He emphasizes the importance of close monitoring of the patient at the post-surgery period since immunosuppressive while trying to prevent rejection of the new organ, drops the immune system of the patient down and leaves him/herself open to infections. Most of the unsuccessful cases are related to complications at his stage.
Prof. Ayhan Dinçkan states that the contemporary immunosuppression strategy is to design individualized medication protocols (houte couture) for each and every patient according to his/her demographical conditions such as age, gender, ethnic origin, genetic conditions, etc. and also risk factors regarding kidney failure, cardiovascular and metabolic complications, malignity and such.
Other than regular pediatric and adult cases, he receives complex cases such as obese patients who require dual-lobe-living-donor procedure where 2 living donors are involved. In 2020, one of his international patients from Saudi Arabia who is obese (155 kg) had a successful operation to receive parts of liver from 2 of his nephews.
Prof. Dinçkan highlights Turkey as one of the best destinations for Liver Transplant addressing quality and cost: “Organ Transplant Centers in Turkey have very high medical quality and very successful surgical results. We are number 2 of the World in liver transplant and among the leading countries in kidney transplants”. Referring to the cost of treatment of liver transplant, he states the treatment it is almost 4 times less costly when compared to other developed countries is kidney transplant is in our country. “