Liv Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey - Overview
50% US partnership allows LIV Hospital to follow and adopt the very latest in medical developments in the United States, Europe and around the world, and offer treatment and surgery to our patients by deploying latest techniques and state-of-the-art medical technologies (including Truebeam STx, IORT, Pet/CT, PEM, Da-Vinci Robotics, MakoPlasty, Renaissance and Tele-Medicine (the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients via telecommunications technology) combined with the skills of experienced specialists and physicians trained in the US, Europe and around the world allowing LIV Hospital to carry out and offer extremely precise, minimally invasive treatments to provide patients much shorter recovery periods and healing with less pain.
Through the Clinical Exchange Program, physicians from around the world are invited to serve as mentors at LIV Continuing Education Center (LIV-CEC) Medical Center. Moreover, Liv Hospital has the “Endoscopy Training Center” where physicians from 80 different countries attending and also Liv Spine Center is the only training center of AOSpine in Turkey with its fellowship program.
Thus, LIV Hospital’s partnership with privilaged clinics and physicians all over the world through the interactive clinical exchange program helps developing and maintaining the continuous clinical information exchange, learning and improvement for latest medical techniques.
Liv Hospital Ulus was awarded with Joint Commission International (JCI) which is the most important international accreditation certificate and TUV which is the certificate of European ISO just after the foundation. It was also co-authorized after completing the “Center of Excellence Accreditation” in the field of colorectal surgery robotic surgery, and bariatric surgery by succeeding the stringent audit conducted by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) which is an impartial international commission. The Center of Excellence Accreditation which can be achieved by very few companies in the world was granted to an organization outside the Unites States for the first time by the concerning authority.
Centers of Excellence
Liv Cancer Center
What is unique about LIV Hospital’s Cancer Center?
Cancer cases at Liv Hospital are evaluated based on a 360 degree multidisciplinary approach by specialists in a range of disciplines. Complex cancer surgeries performed with high precision at Robotic Surgery Center with Center of Excellence Certificate.
Liv Hospital has a wide repertoire of diagnosis, surgery, treatment and follow-up processes as well as state of the art medical and technologic equipment.
Robotic Cancer Surgery
Robotic surgery is not only a hi-tech investment. As the surgeons operate the system, the experience of the lead doctor is what makes the real difference. Just like car and its driver. So, a robotic surgery patient should question who the driver is.
At LIV Hospital, we are proud of having the most experienced and talented Robotic Surgeons in different branches, who have been performing high number of complex cancer surgeries through a real multidisciplinary approach. Liv Hospital is the first and only hospital in Turkey which received Robotic Surgery Center of Excellence Certificate from the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). The Center of Excellence Accreditation which can be achieved by very few hospitals in the world and was granted to Liv Hospital that is the only organisation accredited outside the Unites States for the first time by SRC.
Robotic Colorectal Surgery
Colorectal cancers often start out as polyps and when doctors find polyps early, colorectal cancer is highly curable. It happens when abnormal cells grow in the lining of the large intestine (also called the colon) or rectum. This is a common cancer in both men and women. It has the second highest rate of cancer deaths. Liv Hospital is the only hospital in Turkey which received Colorectal Surgery Center of Excellence Certificate awarded by the Surgical review Corporation. The Center of Excellence Accreditation which can be achieved by very few hospitals in the world and Liv Hospital that is the only organisation accredited outside the Unites States for the first time by SRC.
Truebeam STx technology is the latest Truebeam Technology that only a few hospitals all over the world possess. The main advantages of the Truebeam system at LIV Hospital are ease, precision and speed. Thanks to its pinpoint accuracy, the Truebeam STx system can be used to treat many different types of tumors, including those in sensitive areas such as the abdomen, liver, lung, breast, and head and neck. Treatments focus powerful radiation on the tumor while minimizing exposure of surrounding healthy tissues. Truebeam was designed from the ground up to seamlessly integrate sophisticated imaging and radiation delivery treatments. What this means for our patients, is accuracy, speed and comfort. What it means for our doctors, is the ability to treat many different types of complex cancer cases.
Intraoperative Radiotherapy (IORT)
The main advantages of the IORT at LIV Hospital are efficiency, precision and time. IORT protects healthy tissues and organs during a cancer surgery and the treatment period with IORT is much shorter with IORT compared to Standard Radiation Therapy. Standard radiation therapy requires a 6-week treatment including approximately 5 days a week. However, the same treatment can be completed in a single-dose application with IORT. IORT can be used to treat many different types of tumors, including stomach, pancreas, intestine, colon, breast, soft tissue, lung, pediatric and gynecological cancers.
Liv Hospital Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Department is including PET/CT, PEM(One of the three PEM devices in Europe is only located in Liv Hospital in Turkey), Gamma Camera and Administration of Radioactive Iodine Therapy (I131 for Thyroid Cancer Treatments), Gamma Probe, Gamma Counter, Yttrium-90 Microsphere Therapy(for Liver Cancer Treatments) and Samarium 153 (to control and relieve pain in patients with widespread bone metastasis).
Immunotherapy is one of the biggest scientific discoveries in recent years. Immunotherapy is the technique that is considered a new era for cancer treatment and a treatment that uses the immune system to work harder or smarter to attack cancer cells thus preventing growth and spreading of the cells and produces ‘Extraordinary’ results in Cancer patients.
T-cell therapy shows promise for treating cancer at late phases, making Immunotherapy a ‘pillar’ of cancer care.
Neurosurgery – Spinal Surgery
LIV Hospital’s Neurosurgery Clinic performs all kinds of adult and pediatric neurologic surgery. Brain and spinal cord surgery is carried out in conjunction with intraoperative ICG angiography. In addition, functional neurosurgery (deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, pain and spasticity surgery), pediatric neurosurgery (hydrocephalus, congenital nervous system malformations, and craniosynostosis) and pediatric and adult epilepsy cases are treated with advanced surgical techniques. Disk herniations, hydrocephalus and traumatic lesions can also be treated within the remit of general neurosurgery.
The Neurosurgery Clinic physicians come together for Neurology Tumor Council weekly where patient's current condition and the stage of the disease is examined in light of recent scientific studies and guided treatment process.
As a result of multidiciplinary approach to tumor cases mortality rate of Neurosurgery Clinic was %0 in 2015.
Orthopedics - Traumatology
Liv Hospital Orthopedics and Traumatology Department brought in something new to Turkey and created with "Regional Orthopedics" clinical infrastructure. Tailor-made treatments are offered by physicians specialized in hand, knee, hip, shoulder, spine, feet and ankle issues. This clinical structure is supported by specialist physicians in their clinical areas 7/24:
- Knee Surgery Clinic
- Foot and Ankle Surgery Clinic
- Spine Clinic
- Shoulder Surgery Clinic
- Hip Surgery Clinic
- Hand, Wrist and Elbow Surgery
- Pediatric Orthopedics
Robotic Surgery in Orthopedics - Traumatology Clinic
MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing is an innovative treatment option for adults living with early to mid osteoarthritis (AO). MAKOplasty is a procedure which begins before the patient is admitted into surgery, where the two implants are positioned and their interactive motion is optimally planned digitally on a computer. Following this, the bones are resurfaced with the aid of the robotic arm in accordance with the surgical plan, with excellent accuracy.
"Robots" period in Spine surgery
Renaissance robot enables the major surgeries such as scoliosis, kyphosis, sliding of the spine, lumbar fracture, obtaining biopsy from the spine to be performed through small incisions. In particular, it allows the surgeon to plan applications to be made in the operation to the smallest point in a virtual environment through the program installed on the surgeon’s computer before the operation. Thus, surgical implants are positioned with a minimum margin of error. In addition, the exposure of radiation to the patient and the surgical team during surgery is prevented.
LIV Hospital Obesity Center was co-authorized after completing the “Center of Excellence Accreditation” in the field of bariatric surgery by succeeding the stringent audit conducted by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) which is an impartial international commission. The Center of Excellence Accreditation which can be achieved by very few hospitals in the world and was granted to Liv Hospital that is the only organisation accredited outside the Unites States for the first time by SRC.
360 degrees follow-up with Bariatric Surgery Team – Permanent Weight Loss Method
"Bariatric Surgery Team" consisting of surgery, cardiology specialist, chest disease specialist, intensive care specialists, anesthesiologist and endocrine specialist, and the assistant team consisting of dietitian, psychologist and specialist nurse are highly effective in the success of obesity surgery. At the same, the technical equipment of the center also has an important role in the success of the surgery.
Liv Hospital phsicians use laparoscopic and robotic technology to perform bariatric surgery that is known as the “Permanent Weight Loss Method” as a result of significant body weight loss. This method begins to show significant results after 6 months, and takes up to 18 months in total.
More successful results with the Center of Excellence
Obesity surgery is tried to be carried out in many centers, but the results of the operations performed by the teams without adequate training and in the centers without sufficient technical equipment will be poor and the mortality rates will be increasing. "Centers of Excellence (COE)" are created in order to increase the success of the centers and to improve the results.
640 patients were performed obesity surgery in Liv Hospital between the years of 2013-2015 with %0 mortality, %2 morbidity rate.Between those years, the rate of weight loss of the patients was realized as 20%, 37%, 54% and 71% respectively at 1st, 3rd, 6th and 12th months.
Liv Dental Clinic
Liv Dental Clinic located in the heart of Istanbul and equipped in full accordance with all standards of the JCI (Joint Commission International) – one of the most prestigious accreditation institutions in the medical world. We provide VIP service to our patients from inland or abroad.
Liv Dental Clinic offers the wide range of dental, orthodontic and endodontic treatments, dental and oral surgery, prosthetic treatment, implants, cosmetic dentistry, etc.
We provide high quality services for very suitable prices. Liv Dental Clinic combines the highest level of care and medical expertise with a team of highly experienced specialists in order to be one of the region’s preeminent health care institutions across the range of medical specialties.
At Liv Dental Clinic you are not seen by a single doctor who says he can do everything, but is not a specialist in nothing. Your dental treatment can be performed by one, two, three or more doctors. You will be seen by a specialist for each treatment you require.
Services Provided by Liv Dental Clinic
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Emergency Dental Services
- Endodontic Services
- Oral Surgery
- Maxillofacial surgery
- Dental Restorations
Liv Dental Clinic Offers
- First oral health examination, X-ray and other diagnostic procedures in our clinic are free of charge.
- Special discount for all types of dental treatments (including implant surgery and child dentistry).
- Highest quality care and service for all our international patients in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
- All international patients with a dedicated service in their language of choice, together with the assistance of a Recovery Specialist to guide them throughout their stay at Liv Dental Clinic. All our dentists and dental specialists speak English fluently.
- Every kind of assistance and concierge service to those who accompany our international patients, according to their needs.
Special Treatments at Liv Dental Clinic
Bone regeneration in the field of dentistry has become a topic of great interest, especially in cases where it determines a constraint to the implant rehabilitation. It is an application which enables implanting in those patients in whom there is a serious resorption in jaw bones. In this technique, there is no need to obtain bone from the patient and special ready bone materials are used instead. In the thinning parts of the jaw bone, a wall is created by self-disappearing materials and it is filled in with bone powder. In this way, no need remains for removing them in a second surgery and an implantable bone is generated in the end of a suitable time period.
Why Box technique?
- It is the first aesthetically guided technique.
- It allows restoring lost bone volume where aesthetic requires.
- It uses only absorbable materials thermoplastic transparent, loads resistant.
- It does not require bone grafting to the patient.
- It allows a quick and easy transfer of implant placement.
- It offers a reduced surgical impact compared to other techniques.
ZYGOMATIC (CHEEKBONE) IMPLANTS
The advanced surgical technique enabling fixed denture in the case of bone deficiency. When sufficient bone is not available for inserting an implant into the maxillae, implant treatments can still be applied thanks to special implants inserted into the zygomatic bone (cheekbone).Zygomatic implants avoid grafting and sinus lift procedures and therefore contribute to a shorter and more comfortable treatment. Further indications for zygomatic implants include failed conventional implant placement, failed sinus augmentation or grafting procedures, rehabilitation after tumor and trauma resections.
Zygomatic implants are developed to be used in those maxillae that involve an advanced level of bone desorption and in which a sinus lift operation or bone grafts cannot be applied. This also eliminates the waiting time period of about 6 months after a sinus lift operation. Insertion of implants without applying such advanced surgeries both shortens the treatment time and also enables an easy application of the procedures. If it is possible to insert one zygomatic implant each to the right and left sides in the maxilla and normal implants on the front side of the jaw, dentures can be made on the same day in which those implants are inserted. In this way, it becomes possible to make dentures rapidly and reliably even in those patients who suffer excessive loss of bone.
ALL-ON-4 DENTAL IMPLANTS
All-on-4 dental implants is a revolutionary approach to implants pioneered over a decade ago. Placing a titanium implant in the jaw is a quick, minimally invasive procedure that provides a strong foundation for replacement teeth and helps stabilize bone levels-keeping the jaw healthy. But for patients who lack bone mass, placing only four implants, tilting the two posterior ones, so even those patients with virtually no bone can have a secure (non-removable) full upper and/or lower set of teeth.The process of replacing these teeth with traditional implants used to take a number of weeks and months, but the all-on-4 can be fitted in just a few days. An all-on-4 dental implant can also be used when bone deficiencies in the patient's jaw do not allow for traditional implants to be inserted, also eliminating the need for a bone graft procedure. For many patients with dentures, it used to be the case that the jaw was unable to support a full row of teeth, but all-on-4 provides a full and permanent alternative.Using only highly biocompatible materials, such as titanium and ceramics, the All-on-4 Ceramic Bridge technique allows not only the individual rehabilitation of each tooth but the rehabilitation of the soft tissues (gums) as well. This is why All-on-4 Ceramic Bridge is unique. Conceived to support individual ceramic crowns, simulates perfectly the natural teeth, and repairs it (if necessary) what becomes extraordinarily easy. It also improves phonetics and chewing functions, and it is highly hygienic.
IMMEDIATE IMPLANT PLACEMENT AFTER EXTRACTION
Another surgical advancement that we can confidently provide you with is the Immediate Implant-Placement right after a Tooth Extraction Procedure. This furtherance in implant dentistry allows our dentist to aptly place an implant unit at the same time as tooth extraction – further cutting-down the number of visits and procedures for dental implant treatment. Traditional procedures usually require 3 months of adequate healing period prior to implant unit placement. With the Immediate Implant-Placement procedure, the extraction procedure and implant unit placement are combined in a single appointment; hence, bringing closer to bringing back your smile in a shorter span of time.
Sinuses are a group of air-filled spaces that surround the right and left part of nasal cavity (maxillary sinuses) in the upper jaw. These hollow spaces expand in volume due to teeth losses which prevent the placement of implants onto these toothless areas under sinuses. Therefore, these spaces are filled with bone grafts for transforming the sinus cavities to adequate bone for the placement of implants. Sinus lift is applicable when insufficient bone quantity arises from the expansion of the maxillary sinus in the upper jaw where posterior teeth are located.
Sinus lifting process is a painless application that takes an average 15 to 20 minutes with a local anesthesia. By patients with adequate bone volume it is possible to place implants in the same session, which extends the processing time about 4-5 minutes.
Bone grafting is applied to the patient’s jawbone to increase the bone material if there isn’t enough bone material. Reinforcing the implant treatment there must have enough bone material in the jaw bone. If there is an extracted or cracked tooth (or teeth) in that part of the jaw and not any implicated prosthesis in the time, it causes bone loss. Therefore it is necessary to increase the bone level. If there is little bone loss while adding bone graft it can be inserted the implant at the same time.
Treatments of various natural materials derived from human bone tissue grafts have been fitted to the granules of the bones are placed in the patient's jawbone.After 3-6 months of healing period, the crowns are inserted on the implants.
A cyst can form in any part of the jaw and it can quickly expand, damaging a lot of jaw bone in the process. A cyst is a closed sac and it may contain air, fluids, or semi-solid material. A collection of pus is called an abscess. Once formed, a cyst may have to be removed through surgery.
The most common and beneficial treatment for cysts is excision or removal of the cyst. Before removing the cyst, the dentist or oral surgeon generally performs a biopsy, which involves the removal of a small portion or piece of tissue from the questionable cyst. The tissue sample is then sent to a laboratory where examination and analysis will be performed.Cysts in mouth commonly form around the wisdom teeth, around impacted wisdom teeth, and in the pulp of teeth, and while the cyst itself might be benign, or harmless, dentists and oral surgeons most frequently suggest their removal before surrounding tissues or bone structures are damaged.
Cyst operations are generally performed under local anesthesia, meaning the patient is awake during the procedure. In most cases, cysts are removed quickly and efficiently in under an hour. Large cysts a require more detailed or extensive surgery, which may or may not require bone reconstruction.