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Heart Valve Replacement in Turkey

  • Below you will find a rating of the best clinics and doctors for the heart valve replacement in Turkey.
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Recommended cardiac surgeons for heart valve replacement in Turkey

Ahmet Yavuz Balci
Cardiac surgeon, Vascular surgeon
Work experience: over 20 years
Achievements:

Specialization:

  • minimally invasive heart surgery (closed heart surgery);
  • coronary bypass surgery;
  • aortic surgery;
  • mitral valve replacement;
  • peripheral arterial disease;
  • venous diseases.

Education:

  • 1993 – Faculty of Medicine, Ataturk University;
  • 1996-2002 – Ataturk University Medical School, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery.

Professional activity:

  • 2002-2003 – Adana Seyhan Private Hospital;
  • 2003-2019 – Hospital for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery named after. Dr. Siyami Ersek;
  • 2007 – internship (2 months) in the department of vascular surgery at the Henri Mondor University Hospital in Paris;
  • 2008-2011 – participation in the creation and activation of surgical centers for cardiac surgery in Turkey and abroad within the framework of a project of the Ministry of Health.
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Ali Fedakar
Cardiovascular surgeon
Work experience: over 25 years
Achievements:

In 2001, he took part in the establishment of the Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic at SSK Sureyapasha Hospital and contributed to the establishment of the Cardiac Surgery Department. In addition, Professor Ali Fedakar established cardiovascular surgery clinics at Giresun State Hospital and Sinop State Hospital and performed the first surgical procedures there.
Between 2005 and 2017, he performed nearly 4,000 open-heart surgeries.
From 2010-2015, he participated in the heart transplant team at the Kartal Kosuyolu Higher Specialized Education and Research Hospital and performed heart transplants as the primary surgeon on 8 patients.

Specialization:

  • coronary bypass surgery;
  • minimally invasive heart surgery;
  • beating heart bypass surgery;
  • repeated valve surgery (second or third heart surgery);
  • aortic surgery;
  • abdominal aortic aneurysm;
  • aortic dissection surgery;
  • heart transplantation;
  • all methods of peripheral surgery.

Education:

  • 1998 – Cukurova University, Clinic of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Faculty of Medicine

Professional experience:

  • Bilecik State Hospital;
  • Kocaeli SSK Hospital Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic;
  • Istanbul Sureyapasha Hospital SSK, Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic;
  • Istanbul Pasabahce Hospital SSK, Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic;
  • Tertiary Hospital Kartal Kosuyolu Training and Research Hospital.

Membership in professional communities:

  • Turkish Society of Cardiovascular Surgery;
  • National Association for Vascular Surgery;
  • Association of Phlebologists.
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Mustafa Bilge Erdogan
cardiac surgeon
Work experience: over 29 years
Achievements:

Dr. Mustafa Bilge Erdogan specializes in the treatment of a variety of cardiovascular diseases and performs operations such as coronary artery bypass grafting, heart valve correction, aortic and carotid surgery, peripheral vascular interventions, and surgical treatment of varicose veins.

Specialization:

  • coronary bypass surgery;
  • cardiac ischemia;
  • minimally invasive heart surgery;
  • heart valve diseases;
  • peripheral arterial disease;
  • vein diseases;
  • endovascular interventions on the aorta;
  • minimally invasive valve surgery;
  • aortic surgery.

Education:

  • 1994 – Faculty of Medicine, Ankara University;
  • 2003 – specialization at the Faculty of Medicine, Cardiovascular Surgery, Gazi University.

Actively engaged in scientific work, Mustafa Bilge Erdogan received the title of professor in 2021 and lectures for students at the Faculty of Medicine of Istinye University. He is also the author of numerous scientific articles published in prestigious medical journals.

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M. Guclu Elevli
cardiac surgeon
Work experience: over 25 years
Achievements:

Specialization:

  • aortic surgery;
  • coronary artery surgery;
  • valve surgery.

Education:

  • 1991-1997 – Faculty of Medicine, Thrace University;
  • 1998-2004 – Specialization at Koşuyolu Heart Training and Research Hospital.

Experience:

  • Edirne Central Health Center No. 6 (general practitioner; November 1997 – December 1998).
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic of Koşuyolu Heart Training and Research Hospital (specialization training; December 1998 – September 2004).
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic of the Diyarbakir Military Hospital (military service; October 2004 – September 2005).
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic of Kocaeli State Hospital (specialist physician; October 2005 – April 2006).
  • Faculty of Medicine, University of Kocaeli, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery (associate professor; April 2006 – May 2008).
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic of Konak Hospital Izmit Private Hospital (specialist doctor; May 2008 – March 2011).
  • Izmit Konak Private Hospital Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic (head of the clinic; March 2011 – June 2013).
  • Clinic of Cardiovascular Surgery of Tekden Kayseri Private Hospital (specialist physician; July 2013 – December 2014).
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic, Istanbul Yedikule Chest Diseases and Thoracic Surgery Training and Research Hospital, Organ Transplantation Clinic (specialist physician; January 2015 – August 2015).
  • Istanbul Teaching and Research Hospital Haseki 29 Mayıs Additional Service Hospital Cardiovascular Surgery Clinic (specialist doctor, May 2015 – August 2015).
  • Adatyp Private Hospital (since 2015).
  • VM Medical Park Kocaeli Hospital (since 2015).

Membership in professional organizations:

  • Turkish Medical Association;
  • Turkish Association of Cardiovascular Surgery.
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Leading cardiac surgery clinics in Turkey

Reviews from patients after heart valve replacement surgery
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Diagnosis: aortic valve replacement

Eight years ago, my wife in Siyami Hersek Hospital underwent heart valve surgery. Ahmet Yavuz Balci performed a very successful operation. We never had any problems. God bless him, we are forever grateful.


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Diagnosis: aortic valve replacement

He performed heart surgery on my father in 2018. He is both intellectual and a true expert in his field. You can easily stay in his safe hands, if any of you are reading this comment I wish you a speedy recovery.


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Diagnosis: aortic valve replacement

In 2018, my father was successfully operated on the aortic vessels and valve at Siyami Ersek Hospital. Once again, thank you and thanks to Dr. Ahmet Yavuz Balci.


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Diagnosis: aortic valve replacement

Experts Medical specialists are understanding and very patient and will help with any questions. Very positive experience.


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Diagnosis: valve replacement

It is clear that valve replacement has not been considered a particularly difficult operation for many years. But when you have to do such an operation yourself, you still look for the best options and doctors for yourself so that everything goes without complications. There is a lot of information about foreign clinics now, so I had plenty to choose from. I stopped at the Yeditepe University Hospital. I was bribed by the fact that a lot of good things are written on the forums about cardiologists working in this hospital.

The clinic itself is a heaped-up building that looks more like our business centers. Landscaped green area on all sides. Masters of their craft work here. The operation was done well. Several days in intensive care flew by almost unnoticed. For some time I was under the supervision of the attending physician before I was able to fly home. I liked everything. Everything is done and organized with soul and for people.


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Diagnosis: valve replacement

I just returned from Turkey, where I had an operation to replace the aortic valve with a mechanical one and correct the mitral valve with a ring. The whole trip took 3 weeks. During this time, I was fully examined, consulted by doctors of several specialties, prepared for the operation, operated on, put on my feet and sent home. How many years of my life I would have to spend to do all this at home, one can only guess. And the results would still be unknown. I was prescribed medication to take for the rest of my life. I brought most of the drugs with me from abroad, so as not to experiment here with analogs, which can be very different in quality, regardless of price. Now I need to visit the doctor periodically. And it makes sense to turn to the same foreign specialist, as it turns out faster, easier and more reliable in terms of both examination and treatment.


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Heart Valve Replacement Program in Turkey

  • Hospitalization: 7 days
  • Duration of trip to Turkey: 10 days
  • Valve material: Biological
  • Cost in Turkey: 20 000 USD
  • Day 1: Transfer from the airport, Hospitalization, diagnostics.
  • Day 2: Surgery, hospitalization in the intensive care unit
  • Day 5: Hospitalization in the ward
  • Day 14: Discharge from the hospital, transfer to the airport
When is heart valve replacement necessary?

Heart valve replacement is a major cardiac surgical procedure that is performed for strict medical reasons. The aim is to replace a damaged or non-functioning valve in the heart with an implant. This surgery may be necessary if there is a history of the following conditions:

  • heart valve replacement in TurkeyCongenital or acquired valve defects. These cause stenosis (narrowing) of the aorta and impaired blood flow.
  • Infections, endocarditis, and other inflammatory processes that damage the heart valve, causing dysfunction.
  • Aging of the valves can trigger their deformities and deterioration of the heart.
  • Some conditions, such as cardiomyopathies, can be accompanied by valve damage.

When the heart valves do not perform their function properly, it provokes the development of heart failure. Heart valve replacement can restore normal blood flow, prevent cardiac abnormalities, and improve the patient’s quality of life. The decision regarding the surgery is made based on the clinical picture, symptoms, and diagnostic results. 

In Turkish clinics, it is possible to undergo an accurate cardiac check-up, which will reveal all abnormalities in the heart in 1 day.

What types of heart valves are used in Turkey?

mechanical heart valveModern types of heart valves provide patients with different options depending on their needs and medical features. Turkish clinics widely use 2 types of implants:

  • Mechanical valves. These are made of durable materials such as titanium or carbon fiber. They provide long life, reliability, and resistance to tear. The disadvantages of a mechanical heart valve include the need to constantly anticoagulant intake to prevent blood clots.
  • Biological valves. They are made from natural tissues of human or animal origin. The main advantages are no need for constant anticoagulants and more natural characteristics. The disadvantage of biological heart valves is a limited service life (about 7 years) due to material degradation.
What method is used for heart valve replacement in Turkey?

biological heart valveTranscatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is a modern surgery that does not require any incisions in the chest area. Doctors place the heart valve without open surgery – through catheterization. Such a procedure is ideal for the repeated replacement of a biological heart valve. This is why cardiac surgery departments in Turkish hospitals use TAVI whenever possible.

This is a gentle, minimally invasive method that significantly reduces the rehabilitation period. However, TAVI is not always suitable for correcting heart valve defects. The choice of surgical technique depends on medical indications, the patient’s age, and general health state. Consultation with a Turkish cardiac surgeon will help to determine the best option for each specific case.

How is a standard heart valve replacement surgery performed?

Heart valve replacement surgery through open access follows the following scheme:

  1. heart valve replacement surgery in TurkeyPreparation. The patient is put into a state of general anesthesia. At the same time, doctors use intubation to maintain breathing during the operation.
  2. Access to the heart. The surgeon makes an incision on the chest. Different access methods can be used for further manipulations – through a vertical or horizontal incision.
  3. Opening the heart. The doctor performs cardiac arrest; the patient is connected to artificial blood circulation (cardiopulmonary bypass). The surgeon opens the heart to access the valve to be replaced.
  4. Removal of the damaged valve is performed surgically.
  5. Installation of new valve. The heart implant is fixed with special valve rings.
  6. Functionality check. After installing a new valve, the doctor checks its work.
  7. Completion of the operation. The heart begins to beat again, and artificial circulation is gradually turned off. The patient is transferred to resuscitation.

The duration of the operation can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the chosen method of valve replacement. It usually lasts about 3 hours.

How to go for heart valve replacement in Turkey?

In order to plan a trip to Turkey for heart valve replacement surgery, it is necessary to choose a clinic and a cardiac surgeon. The most popular among foreign patients are the following medical centers: Acibadem, Liv and Hisar in Istanbul, Memorial Clinic network in Antalya and other cities of Turkey. 

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