When visiting any country, people usually look for hotels to live and they tend to research, in detail, about the best restaurants available, the transport system and the safety of the country or city they are visiting. But, in most cases, they forget to look into the quality of healthcare and how accessible it is.
From country to country, the accessibility of health care can vary significantly from one city to another. But when it comes to Turkey, you can rest assured that everywhere you go, you will still find it easy to get access to healthcare facilities.7
In fact, the public healthcare system in Turkey is well above average and it can be accessed by anyone who needs treatment. Internationally recognized hospitals such as Acıbadem Healthcare Group have made it easy for ex-pats to access quality healthcare services in both small and big cities.
So, if you are considering visiting Turkey, this article is a must read for you. The article will reveal to you everything you need to know about Acıbadem, one of Turkey’s world-class Hospitals Groups.
Acıbadem Healthcare Group
Established in the year 1991, Acıbadem Healthcare Group has now grown by leaps and bounds over the years. 28 years later, the hospital now boasts of 22 hospitals, 15 outpatient clinics and over 22.000 employees that consist of 3,500 doctors and 4,000 nurses. Acıbadem also provides "360-degree" service in every field of medicine field.
Not enough emphasis can be put on the outstanding infrastructure and technologically advanced equipment being used at Acıbadem medical institutions. To improve quality and reinforce its patient security approach, Acıbadem Healthcare Group make use of two trusted accreditation standards: the Joint Commission International (JCI) and the Ministry of Health Quality Standards in Healthcare.
Treatments (Scoliosis, Hair Transplant and Radiation Oncology)
Hair Transplantation Center of Acıbadem Hospitals Group have been performing successful transplantation of hair roots using advanced equipment and techniques.
Two methods are used to perform hair transplants at the Hair Transplantation Center of Acıbadem Hospitals Group. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) are the two techniques used in the hair transplant procedure. The FUE method involves harvesting single hair follicles from the donor area and transplanted in the bald area, whereas in the FUT technique, the follicles are grafted as a barnet.
In most cases, FUT and FUE methods yield similar results. Both methods provide satisfactory outcomes that are natural-looking –especially when the hairline is correctly prepared and correctly directed.
Surgical treatment in scoliosis is administered to patients with advanced scoliosis which exceeds a certain degree. Scoliosis exceeding 40 in the waist and 50 in the back has two vital characteristics:
- If Scoliosis exceeds the above degrees, it can easily be noticed by others.
- It can still develop even if one’s height growth is complete.
At Acibadem Hospitals Group, there are two main practices used to carry out scoliosis surgery:
- Correcting the patient’s scoliosis and to freeze the spine so as to maintain the correction. This approach is usually done with the use of metal implants.
- The use of implants, in small children, allows for the partial correction of scoliosis and that can be extended through minor surgical interventions as the child grows.
Scoliosis surgery at Acibadem Hospitals Group has rescued patients from the psychology of disability, and it has proved to be life-saving in situations were the curvatures are advanced.
A year after the surgery, the patient is free to do whatever he/she likes, except for vigorous sports and other dangerous activities such as bungee jumping and parachuting.
The technology used in Radiation Oncology is still advancing, worldover. Different healthcare institutions such as Turkey’s Acibadem Hospital Group has taken a leading role in investing in their lab and clinical research so as to alleviate problems caused by cancer and to examine the effects of radiation on cancer and tumoral behavior.
Acibadem Hospitals Group has a Radiation Oncology department that uses ionizing radiation in the treatment of cancer. Many patients, both local and foreigners, diagnosed with cancer have benefitted from the advanced Radiation Oncology equipment used at Acibadem Hospitals. The equipment used is safe and provides shorter treatments.
The treatment team involved in administering Radiation Oncology includes:
- Radiation Oncology Specialists
- Radiation Physicist
- Radiotherapy technicians
- Oncology nurse
Meet the Doctor
There are many expert doctors you will at Acıbadem Hospital, among them is the internationally acclaimed Prof. Dr. Ahmet Alanay. He contributes to surgical training around the world and he has various national and international awards in his name. Dr. Ahmet Alanay is a pioneer of several advanced techniques and new methods in spinal surgery. These include:
- Vertebroplasty technique for vertebral fractures
- Neuromonitorization technique for scoliosis surgeries
- Magnetically controlled growing rods for early-onset scoliosis
- Anterior thoracoscopic tethering technique for scoliosis treatment
He also serves as a board member and chairperson of the United States-based world’s most prestigious spinal society known as Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. Alanay is also a founding member of the European Spinal Study Group (ESSG).
Dr. Ahmet Alanay is a graduate of Ankara University of Medical Faculty who completed his residency in 1996 at Hacettepe University Medical Faculty Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology. Between 1998 and 1999, he completed his fellowship in spine surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In the year 2002 and 2007, he received his associate professor degree from the Hacettepe University Medical Faculty.
He has successfully completed thousands of life-saving surgeries over the years and he often gets consulted in complicated surgeries by some of the foreign doctors.
Istanbul as a Travel Destination
Many people have a general misconception of Turkey being an unfriendly country because of the Muslim religion and culture. But if you ask any foreigner who has been there, they will tell you that the country has enchanting beauty and welcoming people. Leave the prejudice behind and visit Istanbul –the only city in the world located in Europe and Asia. If every you considers visiting Istanbul, here is a piece of advice for you: don’t forget your camera!
This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in November 2019.