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General Surgery

Yeditepe University Hospital’s Department of General Surgery not only treats our patients, it seeks
to advise and inform patients with a view to redirecting their lives towards
healthy and happiness.

At Yeditepe, we combine the specialty fields of Endocrine
Surgery, Breast Surgery, Surgical Gastroenterology, Liver and Bile Duct
Surgery, Peripheral Vascular Surgery, Varicose Vein Disease and Obesity Surgery
in a multidisciplinary approach that embraces joint efforts with the
departments of Oncology, Radiology, Plastic Surgery and Psychiatry.

Breast Cancer

The most common form of cancer in women, breast cancer
has a high chance of being cured if it is caught early. The probability of
breast cancer increases with age. For this reason, it is essential that women
over the age of 40 have an annual mammography and a physical examination by a
doctor. Women should also examine themselves for signs of breast cancer once
every month. These simple precautions will facilitate early diagnosis and cure.

Yeditepe University Hospital is fully aware of the vital
importance of early diagnosis in breast disease. Advanced diagnostic and
treatment technology combines with a highly experienced team aiming to
implement Yeditepe University Hospital’s distinctive multidisciplinary
approach. Yeditepe University Hospital Breast Surgery and General Surgery
physicians explain that during the course of their lives, one in 8 women will
suffer from breast cancer, making it the second deadliest cancer.

The American Cancer Society’s breast cancer figures for
the United States indicate that every year about 230,000 new cases of invasive
breast cancer are diagnosed in women, about 65,000 new cases of carcinoma in
situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of
breast cancer), and about 40,000 women die from breast cancer. The chance that
breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 36 (about 3%).

Our physicians explain that recent advances in terms of
mammographic screening programs and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have
increased the effectiveness of treatment especially in women over the age of 40.

The fatality rates are high in cases that are not
diagnosed early. All women over the age of 20 should receive a breast
examination and USG / mammography once every 1-3 years, annually over the age
of 40; this is the most effective facilitator of early diagnosis.

Women over the age of 40 are advised to get regular
mammographic scan tests even if they do not show any symptoms of the disease.
It is known that breast cancer fatality rates have declined by 19-64% (and an
average of 30%) in countries where regular scanning is conducted. Younger women
should also benefit from self-examination, physical examination and ultrasonography.

Indications of breast diseases include mass, structural
deterioration, asymmetry between the breasts or clusters of
micro-calcification. Since these symptoms can indicate both benign and
malignant disease, scan test results must be evaluated by an experienced breast
surgeon and radiologist. Women who notice the development of any hardness,
lumps or similar issues should immediately seek medical advice even if their
previous mammography tests have been normal.

Incidence of breast cancer in first degree relatives
(mother, aunt, grandmother or daughter) is known to be a significant risk
factor. The risk is elevated further if such cases occurred before the
menopause and / or involved both breasts (bilateral breast cancer).

Hereditary breast cancer genes are responsible for the
development of 5% of all breast cancers. Hereditary breast cancer syndromes are
observed in 5-10% of breast cancer patients. Two genes are responsible for 80%
of breast cancers: BRCA-1 and BRCA-2. The risk of a woman with the BRCA-1 gene
contracting breast cancer by the age of 70 is 85%; she also has a 45% chance of
getting ovarian cancer. The figures for carriers of the BRCA-R gene are 84% and
76% respectively. Genetic testing is required in order to establish the
occurrence of the BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 genes.

This group is advised to undergo breast examinations from
the age of 18, mammography between the ages of 25 and 35, with clinical breast
examinations every six months to one years and annual MRI breast scan tests
from the age of 25-35. In addition, women in this group should undergo ovarian
cancer testing once every six months from the age of 30-35.

Breast surgery

Yeditepe University Hospital’s standards of excellence
and the use of the latest technology is fully reflected in our Breast Surgery
Center, where women over the age of 40 are strongly advised to get regular
mammographic scan tests even if they do not show any symptoms of the disease.
It is known that breast cancer fatality rates have declined by 19-64% (and an
average of 30%) in countries where regular scanning is conducted. Younger women
should also benefit from self-examination, physical examination and ultrasonography.

Women who notice the development of any hardness, lumps
or similar issues should immediately seek medical advice even if their previous
mammography tests have been normal. A family history of breast cancer in first
and second degree relatives is an indication of a risk of hereditary breast

In addition, hereditary breast cancer can be associated
with ovarian cancer in young women between the ages of 20 and 30. A mother or
sister with breast cancer is a high risk indication.

The first treatment option for breast cancer that has
been caught early is surgery. Either the tumor is excised leaving unaffected
tissue in place, or the whole breast is removed. The lymph glands under the
armpits are also removed in order to establish whether metastasis (the spread
of the cancer) has occurred.

Surgical intervention allows determination of the stage
that the cancer has reached and what supplementary treatments may be required
(radiation, hormones, chemotherapy). Recent advances in breast cancer surgery
and supplementary treatment allow excellent results.

Breast PET (PEM) Indications

Diagnosis of patients with mammographic or MRI results
that identify suspicious breast lesions

Planning and staging prior to breast cancer surgery

Investigating contralateral malignancy in multicentric / multifocal tumors

Axillary lymph node metastasis investigation

Re-staging of locoregional recurrence

Evaluation of response to treatment

Colorectal Surgery

Digestive System Surgery

Hepatobiliary Surgery (diseases of the Liver)

Endocrinal Surgery

Obesity and Metabolic Diseases Surgery

Peripheral Vascular Surgery

Colorectal surgery

Yeditepe University Hospital’s Colorectal Surgery Center is here to give our international patients
the highest level of care, comfort and hope.

We offer the very latest surgeries for colorectal
disease, some of which are not available at many other centers in the region.

We provide true multidisciplinary care, bringing together
a team of specialists who meet regularly to discuss each patient’s case.

We realize you may come from far away for your care, so
we organize your appointments in the most convenient way possible, liaising
with your medical specialists in your home country to the required degree
through the dedicated Recovery Specialist.

Digestive system surgery

Yeditepe University Hospital’s surgeons provide patients
with minimally invasive options whenever possible. Our surgeons use
laparoscopic surgery to make incisions only millimeters in size. These small
incisions create a passageway for special surgical instruments and a
laparoscope. A laparoscope is a fiber-optic instrument that is inserted in the
abdominal wall. This device transmits images from within the body to a video
monitor, allowing the surgeon to see the operative area on the screen.

Advantages to the minimally invasive approach include:

Quicker recovery

Quicker return to normal activities and work

Shorter hospital stay

Reduced rate of infection

Reduced recurrence rate

Minimal scarring

The Yeditepe University Hospital GI Surgery Center
provides comprehensive care for patients with diseases of the gastrointestinal
tract, and features a highly experienced team of doctors who specialize in
treating the most complex cases. Our Center uses the most advanced laparoscopic
techniques to treat all types of gastrointestinal illnesses. There are many
advantages to this approach, including quicker recovery and shorter hospital
stays, as well as a significantly reduced risk of infection and recurrence.

Although we perform surgeries minimally invasively
whenever possible, we are also very experienced in performing traditional
(open) surgery. Most importantly, each treatment is tailored to meet the needs
of each individual patient.

Conditions Treated

The Yeditepe University Hospital GI Surgery Center offers
surgical treatment for a wide range of gastrointestinal- and abdominal-related
illnesses, including:

Peptic ulcer disease

Hiatal hernia

Infectious diseases of the colon and rectum

Reflux esophagitis (or GERD) and its complications

Barrett’s esophagus

Radiation bowel injury

Primary neoplasms of the stomach, small bowel, colon and rectum


Inflammatory bowel disease and continent reconstruction

Gastrointestinal tumors

Primary and metastatic liver tumors

Benign and malignant diseases of the biliary tract

Benign and malignant diseases of the pancreas

Hepatobiliary surgery (diseases of the liver)

Yeditepe University Hospital’s Center for Hepatobiliary
Surgery brings together the extensive resources of Yeditepe University
Hospital, to focus on providing well-coordinated, multidisciplinary,
international patient- and family-centered care for adults with malignant and
benign conditions that affect the liver, the biliary system, and the

Hepatobiliary cancers include those of the liver,
gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas. Our research team also develops
treatments for metastatic cancers that arise elsewhere in the body and spread
to these organs.

Our team implements techniques that spare healthy tissue
during surgery and result in reduced blood loss as well as nonsurgical
approaches such as tumor embolization, radiofrequency ablation, and cryosurgery,
when appropriate. We have also pioneered innovative chemotherapy approaches for
these cancers, including new methods of delivering anticancer agents directly
to the liver. Research by our pathologists and radiologists has led to advances
in diagnostic and prognostic approaches.

We provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation,
diagnosis, and the latest, most effective treatments to patients with the
conditions listed below. We also provide second opinions. When clinically
appropriate, we offer patients the latest minimally invasive approaches to
surgical treatment, including robot-assisted surgery, and access to
investigational therapies through clinical trials.

Pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic masses

Pancreatitis Liver cancer

Liver masses

Endocrinal surgery hepatobilier

The Endocrine Surgery Center at Yeditepe University
Hospital consists of a multidisciplinary team of specialists dedicated to
providing quality, innovative and comprehensive treatment of benign and
malignant diseases of the endocrine system (thyroid gland, parathyroid glands,
adrenal glands and pancreas).

At Yeditepe University Hospital we personalize
care for our international patients through:

Quality patient care

Specialized surgical expertise

Advanced medical education

Innovative clinical research

Our specialists are experts in their fields and provide
the experience, knowledge, skills and enthusiasm that our international
patients deserve. Under Yeditepe University Hospital’s celebrated
interdisciplinary philosophy, we combine the diagnostic and treatment strengths
of leading medical experts, including, endocrine surgeons, transplant surgeons,
endocrinologists, geneticists, radiologists, radiation oncologists,
pathologists and oncologists, to unify state-of-the-art treatment options into
personalized care. Partnering with the referring physician, we can provide the
highest quality and greatest continuity of care for our patients.

The Endocrine Surgery Center is one of the few in the
region that is solely dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of endocrine
diseases, including complex, advanced and recurrent disease

Yeditepe University Hospital Obesity Center and
International Patients

One of the modern world’s most severe health issues,
obesity is not only an esthetic issue but also affects the overall health and
quality of life of millions of people.

The Yeditepe University Hospital Obesity Clinic caters
for international patients and their accompanying persons, offering the latest
techniques, advice, programs and surgery in liaison with international
patients’ medical professionals in their home countries.

Operating as a sub-unit of the General Surgery Center,
the Yeditepe University Hospital Obesity Clinic uses laparoscopic 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. With
the additional support and consultation of psychologists and dieticians, this
can give our international weight loss surgery patients a whole new life of
good health and activity.

Patients who seek information on obesity from public
sources are exposed to information overload and sometimes misinformation.

Accurate and updated information can only really be
obtained from fully equipped centers such as the Yeditepe University Hospital
Obesity Center that specialize in obesity surgery.

Successful obesity surgery cannot only be defined as a
certain degree of weight loss over a short period of time. It must also be
medically acceptable and proven, and maintain the weight loss in the long term
with minimum side effects or complications.

The Yeditepe University Hospital Obesity Clinic caters
for international patients, their families and accompanying persons, offering
the latest techniques, advice, programs and surgery in liaison with
international patients’ healthcare providers and professionals in their home

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About Us

Yeditepe University Hospitals have been serving since 26 August 2005 , with their infrastructure equipped with superior technology and smart systems . It carries out important studies to train new and successful physicians with its staff consisting of professors and associate professors who have many success in national and international fields. At the basis of the vision of Yeditepe University Hospitals is to represent Turkey in the international arena and to bring our country to a leading position in the medical world.

Yeditepe University Hospitals Imaging Unit ‘ n Located Multi-slice CT (multislice computed tomography), 3 Tesla MRI, PET-CT (cancerous tissues that detects, scans) and Gamma Camera, which provides diagnostic and greater ease of treatment are some of the devices with advanced technology in the world.

In Yeditepe University Hospitals, where computer technology is used very effectively, Hospital Information System (HIS) software is used. This software enables both patient information to be collected and processed quickly and used in diagnosis and treatment, as well as the presentation and storage of patient information such as imaging and laboratory results in a computer environment. With this system, our doctors can monitor their patients electronically while they are out of the hospital. In addition, this system minimizes paper circulation and bureaucracy, and eliminates time wasted by patients and their relatives.

Documented Quality

Yeditepe University Hospitals and Affiliated Institutions were accredited by JCI (Joint Commission International) , which is recognized as the most important institution in the world in terms of health standards, on November 2, 2007 , with its entire system in the first audit, with all standards. In other words, it became the first Turkish university hospital group to document its quality and success at an international level. 

Yeditepe University Hospital and Affiliated Institutions, which has been registered to serve at world standards with this quality certificate given to the most distinguished health institutions of the world, is determined to walk to the future with greater success, based on pioneering and leadership principles. Yeditepe University Hospitals were accredited by JCI for the fourth time in 2017 , proving that their quality is sustainable.

Featured Services

Yeditepe University Hospitals provide services to their patients in all branches; has an international reputation in the field of neurosurgery ( neurosurgery ).  It is one of the leading institutions of the health sector with its bone marrow transplant , kidney transplant , obesity surgery ,  epilepsy and epilepsy surgery , cardiology , cardiovascular surgery , urology , general surgery , high level  genetic diagnosis center laboratory and many branches of pediatric diseases .

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