Within the scope of medical tourism, the professor from the General Clinic of KTU Farabi Hospital. Professor Dr. Adnan çalık met with his patients in Batumi, Georgia. They showed great interest in the meeting even from other cities. The Explanation of Professor Dr. Adnan çalık was : “There is a need for health services in georgia our neighboring country . And we will continue to help our neighboring country Georgia with all the means we have . Today we viewed our patients who have concern in many sector’s .KTU Farabi hospital is the most equipped hospital in this region and in this way we can easily refer to our patients who are related to other disciplines to the relevant doctors in our hospital
When 65-year-old Mahmoud Burhan, who had an intraoral wound that started six months ago and did not heal, spread to his lips and prevented him from eating and swallowing, the patient presented to the ENT clinic of KTU Farabi Hospital. Dr. Benko Gubanoğlu: it was determined that the mass was malignant and had spread to the lymph nodes in the neck, and surgery was planned for the patient.The patient was evaluated by an anesthesiologist prof. Dr. Bahanur Cicic was transferred to the operating room, Binku Gubanoğlu performed as an assistant in the ENT clinic. And her team had an operation to remove all the diseased tissues and clean the lymph nodes in the neck. And in the same surgical session, Dr. Mehmet Oralulu, Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Clinic, cosmetically correcting the shape of his mouth and lip. The patient recovered in a short time and is ready to eat and be discharged from the hospital
And in the evaluation of Dr. Bingu Chopanoğlu to Operation, “Head and neck cancers make up a large proportion of all body cancers. Bingu Chubanoglu went on to talk about the disease as follows: Head and neck cancers make up 9% of all body cancers. When we say head and neck cancers, cancers of the lips, tongue of the mouth and the palate. The inner cheek and the nose and throat area fall into this group as well.
Oral cavity cancers are the second most common head and neck cancer.
The oral cavity, which includes areas such as the lips, tongue, top of the mouth, hard palate, and buccal mucosa, is a more dangerous area compared to other head and neck cancers due to the course of the cancer.
The most important point in treating these patients is to determine the appropriate treatment for the stage of the disease and to find the most appropriate approach for the patient with careful team work during treatment planning.
Our Al-Farabi Hospital makes the final decision on the treatment that will be offered to patients through the councils, which is one of the requirements of a university hospital. Each patient is evaluated by our expert trainers.
The Oncology Board, which met with the participation of the trainers of oncology, pathology, radiology and radiation oncology, made a decision on the method of treatment for this patient.
“An otolaryngologist should be consulted in the case of non-healing wounds in the mouth” We would like to mention that; In non-healing wounds in the mouth, an otolaryngologist should be consulted and a biopsy should be taken if necessary. If caught at an early stage, disease-free survival is up to 80% when appropriate treatments are performed in these cancers. What we want to say about this patient is: “The surgical treatment has been completed in the most appropriate manner. The patient is interviewed in detail for the next treatment steps. The rest of the treatment will continue. With high morale and motivation.”
Mahmoud Burhan, who reached the exit stage and regained his health, said, “I didn’t care much before, but after the wound reached my lips, my weight began to seriously decrease, especially after May. I would like to thank all the staff who have taken care of me since today. in which I applied to Al-Farabi Hospital I would also like to thank the doctors, Dr.Bengu Chupan, who took part in the operation with Ms. Jiren and showed a close interest in my treatment process at the service. I am fine now and fortunately I am starting to eat too”
Within the field of medical tourism, Prof. from KTU Farabi Hospital Brain and Nerve Surgery Clinic. Dr. Erhan ARSLAN and Assoc. Dr. Elif Acar ARSLAN met with patients in Batumi, Georgia. A high interest was shown in the meeting from other cities of Georgia. More than 150 patients had the opportunity to consult KTU Farabi Hospital doctors about their health problems. Prof. Dr. Erhan ARSLAN and Assoc.
Dr. Elif Acar ARSLAN “We did not expect such intense interest from the patients. We think that this indicate their trust in our hospital in the region.”
Selami HAŞİMOĞLU and Hamza KÖSE, the contracted medical tourism company managers of KTÜ Farabi Hospital, who organized the meeting, said, “We encountered a patient interest that far exceeded our expectations. This shows that KTU Farabi Hospital has a very high trust and brand value in the Caucasus and Central Asia. We are planning to hold similar meetings, where we bring our patients together with our KTU Farabi Hospital doctors more often in other cities in the Caucasus and Central Asia in the coming period.”
Chief Physician Prof. Dr. Celal TEKİNBAŞ said, “With the encouragement and intense support of our Rectorate, our plans to establish close contact with the Black Sea Region, Caucasus, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa regions in the field of Medical tourism are being spread day by day through the Medical tourism companies that KTU Farabi Hospital has contracted with. In the future, the activities of KTU Farabi Hospital in other geographies will also become more visible.”
The 16-year-old patient, who was having a hard time due to hyperosinophilia syndrome, seen in 3 out of 10 million people in Kyrgyzstan, regained his health after successfully completing treatment at KTU Farabi Hospital.
Arlene Abdulmalkov, who lives with his family in Kyrgyzstan, began to suffer from various diseases, especially rashes, itching and diarrhea, due to allergies, about 4 years ago.
Abdulmalikov’s disease, which was transferred to health institutions in his country for treatment, could not be diagnosed. On the recommendation of a doctor in Kyrgyzstan, Abdul Malikov applied to KTU Farabi Hospital. Head of Hematology Department A. Dr. Doctor. In tests and controls conducted under the direction of Mehmet Sunmez, it was determined that Abdulmalikoff suffers from hyperosinophilia syndrome, which appears in 3 out of 10 million people in hematology.
Abdul Malikov, who was immediately treated and disposed of the diseases he suffered, was discharged from the hospital after regaining his health.
“There has been no diagnosis in 3-4 years here it was completed in one week”
Sonmez told Anadolu Agency that the diagnosis of the disease cannot be made because health facilities in Kyrgyzstan are not as sophisticated as in Turkey, and said: “He came here, we conducted the diagnostic evaluation, and started his treatment immediately. “Right now the patient is fine and has no complaints,” he said. The next treatment is in his country and we will continue.”
Explaining that hyperosinophilia syndrome causes some allergic reactions and that the biggest complaint of the patient is rashes, diarrhea and various allergic reactions, Sunmez said all these diseases have been resolved.
Noting that the disease is very rare, Sonmez continued:
“The infection rate is 0.003 per 1,000, about 3 per 10 million. These results are very difficult to come by because the facilities here are not like those in Kyrgyzstan. There was no diagnosis in 3-4 years, resulting in one week here. It’s not genetic, it’s late, the reason is unknown. It’s sick We don’t give chemotherapy, we planned the operation with some practical and harmless treatments, and it was very successful because she was young. We will do the next treatment with the hematology friends we trained there. We told them, “Do it that way.” We will say and follow up with them but he will come here to the main controls.”
Sunmez stressed that Trabzon is one of the important cities in terms of health tourism and that opportunities in health institutions are not available in many countries, noting its readiness to provide services to all people in need of health.
“The professors there recommended it, so we came here”
Arlene Abdulmelikov also stated that he was very happy with his recovery, adding: “My illness was very severe. Sometimes I couldn’t breathe I’m so happy to come here I thank everyone The professors there recommended it, so we came here. This place is better It’s not the doctors’ fault there. “They can’t do it on time and right because they don’t have enough resources. They are better in Turkey,” he said.
On the other hand, Father Armand Abdulmalikov stated that Turkey is in a very good position in the field of health and that they are very grateful for
Nugzar Tsilosani, 50 years old, living in Georgia, went to a health center in his country after coughing up blood from his mouth. In the computerized tomography taken here, it was said that the lower part of the left lung did not swell and showed signs of destruction and it could be Lung Cancer. The patient came to Turkey for treatment and applied to Farabi Hospital of our University. In the examinations performed by Prof. Dr. Celal TEKİNBAŞ and his team at Farabi Hospital. It was observed that the lower part of the left lung did not ventilate. Also an infection fluid empyema formed in the space between the ribs and the lung, and the meat structure, which we call parenchyma, was severely deteriorated. It was explained to the patient that this image could be seen not only in cancer but also in many other lung-related diseases, and the decision to operate was taken.
After the classical left posterolateral thoracotomy open surgery, the blood flow from the patient’s mouth stopped with coughing and the shortness of breath improved. In the biopsy examination of the piece taken, it was understood that the patient did not have cancer, but that the structure of the lung trachea, called bronchiectasis, was severely deteriorated, and that it was a disease caused by the decay of the meat part of the lung where gas exchange takes place.
The patient, who was discharged, returned to his country with the happiness of both regaining his health and learning that he did not have cancer.
A 52-year-old male patient named Fousseini DIAKITE was admitted to KTU Farabi Hospital from Mali, a West African country, with complaints of inability to walk and severe pain in the left leg. The patient stated that many traditional methods had been tried in his country before, but his complaints were getting worse and the scars seen in the lumbar region during his examination belonged to previous injections he had had.
When the magnetic resonance imaging of the patient for spinal cord diseases was evaluated, there were observed egenerative severe stenosis in the cervical spinal canal and infection involving the spine and intervertebral joints, which were thought to have occurred due to injections in the lumbar region,.
Patient was taken into neck and lumbar spine operations simultaneously by Prof. Dr. Ertuğrul ÇAKIR and his team, in Brain and Nerve Surgery Clinic,. After the operation, it was observed that the pain in the left leg of the patient decreased and he was able to walk without support in the early period. Antibiotherapy was started for the infection in the lumbar spine. Although the patient’s infection is under control, his treatment is still ongoing.
Prof. Dr. Ertuğrul ÇAKIR gave the following information about the operation:
“When our patient applied to our clinic, he had severe pain and I learned that he could not walk for 1 year. I examined the old-style MR (EMAR) films in their file, but there was no explanatory image. I suggested medicated MRI (EMAR) of the spinal cord, as I thought it would explain the current clinic. When the patient came with the results of the examination, I saw that there were severe stenosis at different levels due to degeneration in the cervical spinal canal, and that there were signs in favor of the infection between the lumbar spine, which I thought was caused by the scar in the lumbar region that I had noticed before. Since these two diseases require surgery, my team and I performed decompression and posterior instrumentation surgeries on the neck and waist regions of the patient.”
Prof. Dr. Ertuğrul ÇAKIR said the following about the operation and diseases:
“There are three main reasons for the narrowing of the cervical spinal canal. These can be listed as structural stenosis, stenosis due to aging and wear in the disc, and stenosis due to aging and wear in the spine joints. In general, it is seen as cervical myelopathy findings (limb dysfunction in arms and legs, gait disturbances, bladder and bowel dysfunction, etc.) and cervical radiculopathy (pain, numbness, loss of function in arms and legs, etc.). Although partial benefit can be obtained with drug treatment, surgery has an important place in advanced and severe cases.’’
“Lumbar spondylodiscitis and spine infections generally present with severe pain and loss of limb function, and surgery is performed when drug therapy alone is not sufficient. Although satisfactory results are not always obtained after the surgery, depending on the severity of the spinal cord and nerve damage, we are very happy that many of our patients benefited from the surgery and started walking again, as in this patient example.’’
A 60-year-old male patient named Daff Tidiani applied to KTU Farabi Hospital from Mali, a West African country, with complaints of blurred vision and headache. It was learned that the patient had previously undergone nasal pituitary gland surgery in a clinic in Tunisia. The patient stated that he applied to KTU Farabi Hospital Brain and Nerve Surgery Clinic because of the complaint of blurred vision despite the surgery he had done. In the neurological and eye examinations performed in the clinic, the patient had visual loss and a recurrent mass (macroadenoma) pressing on the optic nerves was detected in the pituitary MRI (Emar). After the patient was hospitalized and the necessary examinations were made, he was taken into surgery. Surgery it was made by the team consisting of; Prof. Dr. Erhan ARSLAN from the Department of Neurosurgery. and Prof. Dr. Osman BAHADIR from the Department of Otorhinolaryngology. In the surgery, the tumor in the pituitary gland was successfully removed under the microscope by entering through the nose (endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal approach). The patient, whose vision problems improved after surgery, was discharged with full recovery.
Prof. Dr. Erhan ARSLAN gave the following information about this disease and surgery:
Pituitary adenomas are mostly benign tumors and arise from the pituitary gland located in the sella turcica at the base of the skull. The pituitary gland is a 1 cm-sized organ located alone behind the eyes and responsible for hormone production. The pituitary gland is a central and vital organ that ensures the secretion of many hormones in our body and the water balance of the body. The clinical manifestations of pituitary adenomas basically vary depending on the pituitary cell from which they originate, whether they produce hormones or not, and the size of the tumor they reach. Accordingly, adenomas smaller than 1 cm in diameter are called microadenomas; Adenomas larger than 1 cm are called macroadenomas. In pituitary gland surgeries, the most important structure to be considered while removing the tumor (macroadenoma) is the Internal Carotid arteries. Injury to the Internal Carotid arteries, known as the carotid artery from the neck, can have serious consequences, including paralysis and death.
After our hospital received the Health Tourism Authorization Certificate, an important operation was performed on the first international patient. The surgery, classified as major (group A), was performed on a 45-year-old patient named Mahmood FAKHRI, who came from Iraq.
After the examinations performed on the 45-year-old father of 2 children, who came from Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, who was diagnosed with an esophageal tumor, the esophageal tumor surgery, which lasted about 5 hours, was successfully performed. The treatment of the patient, who was taken to the intensive care unit after the operation, is still continuing.
The surgery was performed by the team including Prof. Dr. Atila TÜRKYILMAZ and Dr. Alaattin BURAN under the management of KTU Farabi Hospital Chief Physician Prof. Dr. Celal TEKİNBAŞ. Prof. Dr. Celal TEKİNBAŞ said, “After receiving the health tourism authorization certificate, we started to take steps that could lead to very important gains for our city, region and country. In this context, we performed a successful operation that lasted about 5 hours for our patient who came to our hospital from Iraq the previous day due to an esophageal tumor. There was no problem in the post-operative follow-up of our patient and we continue to follow up. We plan to discharge our patient after 4-5 days. I wish this step we have taken to be a start for all patients from near and far countries who need healing.”
KTU Farabi Hospital teams, who have performed many difficult surgeries like this until now, are determined to transfer this great experience and competence they have to international patients coming within the scope of Health Tourism as a cure.
Our hospital has been awarded a health tourism authorization certificate. Thanks to this document, there are no obstacles in front of us regarding health tourism activities. In this way, we think that the start of international patient admission within the scope of health tourism of our hospital will make important financial contributions to both our city, region and country and will become an international healing center. We believe that we will get significant distances in a short time thanks to the determination of our Rector Prof. Dr. Hamdullah ÇUVALCI and our Chief Physician Prof. Dr. Celal TEKİNBAŞ to improve the necessary infrastructure in this regard every day.