Frequently Asked Questions

Answers we have prepared for the frequently asked questions of our patients.

Stem Cell Therapy

Frequently asked questions and answers about stem cell therapies.

Stem cell therapy is a therapeutic approach that harnesses the abilities of specific cell types to alleviate symptoms associated with various health conditions. Stem cells are renowned for their regenerative potential and ability to naturally modulate the immune system through internal cell signaling mechanisms.

Health conditions that may benefit from stem cell therapy include neurological and autoimmune disorders, musculoskeletal injuries, metabolic syndrome, skin diseases and other conditions related to damage to tissue or cells. Our medical advisors will evaluate your condition to provide an estimate of the possible outcomes of treatment.

In most cases, stem cell therapy can relieve pain, reduce inflammation, heal affected areas and/or improve motor and cognitive functions, depending on the specific condition. However, the extent of improvements resulting from cell-based therapy can vary between patients due to factors such as the nature and duration of the disease, the severity of symptoms, the number of procedures performed and other individual factors.

Stem cell therapy should not be seen as a miracle solution, but as an alternative approach worth considering. For difficult-to-treat and rare diseases, it can contribute to alleviating symptoms, improving overall quality of life and slowing disease progression. In more common health conditions, it has the potential to significantly improve symptoms.

In many cases, patients experience noticeable improvements in the first days of stem cell therapy. However, it is important to recognize that it takes time for the delivered stem cells to reach the affected areas and facilitate the healing process. As a result, the full therapeutic effect typically becomes apparent later - most likely within a few months after discharge - and lasts (in general) 6 to 12 months.

The safety profile of stem cells used in the clinic has been confirmed by extensive research and clinical trials. However, it is important to note that some patients may experience minor side effects shortly after the administration of the cells, typically in the first few hours or days. These may include short-term fever, redness at the injection sites, weakness or headache.

Although stem cell therapy is generally well tolerated and has no serious side effects, there are some contraindications to the procedure that should be considered. These include conditions such as cancer, acute infections, previous negative experiences with cell-based therapies, mental disorders and some other special conditions. Therefore, we evaluate each patient's medical history and individual suitability for the treatment to ensure optimal safety and effectiveness.

At the clinic, we offer the option of using both autologous (the patient's own) and allogeneic (from donated tissues) stem cells. In the case of autologous stem cells, additional time is required to collect, cultivate and prepare the cells before treatment can begin. In contrast, when using donated cells, treatment can be started immediately, eliminating the need for the cell collection procedure and associated anesthesia. The choice between these two approaches depends on individual circumstances and medical considerations, which our medical experts will assess to determine the most appropriate course of action.

Stem cells can be derived from various tissues in the body. Significant amounts of stem cells are found in bone marrow, adipose (fat) tissue (taken from the patient or donated), and in umbilical cords and placentas taken with consent after a healthy birth. Once collected, the cells are processed and then stored in a bank until they are needed for treatment.

The type of cells used in the clinic are known to be immune privileged. This means that they are not rejected by a recipient's immune system, even if donated. Unlike other treatments that use other protocols and stem cell types, the use of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) eliminates the risk of rejection.

In our clinic, we only use mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for treatment. It is important to note that these stem cells are derived from adult tissues, not from fetuses or embryos. As a result, MSCs do not have the capacity for uncontrolled differentiation and tumor formation. Extensive research has established the safety profile of these MSCs and provides reassurance for their use in therapeutic applications.

In this approach, only cell-based drugs prepared in laboratories for clinical use are used. These may contain stem cells or exosomes secreted by these cells. During treatment, these cell-based drugs are administered by various routes such as intravenous, topical, inhalation, etc., depending on the medical needs of each patient.

Your stay at the clinic can vary from a few days to several weeks, depending on factors such as treatment goals, the number of procedures required and the specific case being handled. We strive to create a comfortable and warm environment for patients by offering cozy rooms that resemble a home environment rather than a traditional hospital setting. We also understand the importance of emotional support and welcome the company of your loved ones during the treatment process.

The innovative nature of stem cell therapy contributes to its often high cost and makes it less affordable for some individuals. The overall cost of the treatment covers various stages, including collecting, storing, processing and making the cells available for use in the Clinic. In addition, the cost reflects the expertise and efforts of various specialists, including regenerative medicine experts and other healthcare professionals who play an important role in ensuring the success and safety of the treatment. While the costs associated with stem cell therapy can be significant, it is important to consider the potential benefits and long-term value in improving health and quality of life.

Before starting treatment, it is standard procedure to have a comprehensive consultation with a medical advisor at the Clinic. During this consultation, you will have the opportunity to present your case and provide relevant medical reports. The doctors will carefully evaluate your medical history and condition to assess the appropriateness and potential effectiveness of treatment for your specific health condition. Following this assessment, a personalized treatment program will be created for you, including convenient dates for your arrival at the Clinic. This ensures that your treatment plan is tailored to your individual needs and maximizes the chances of a successful outcome.

Hair Treatments

Frequently asked questions and answers about hair treatments.

At Linden Clinic, we are proud of our high success rate for Hair Transplantation thanks to our skilled professionals, advanced techniques and personalized care. Individual results may vary, but our commitment to excellence guarantees optimal results.

The duration of the Hair Transplant procedure depends on the number of follicles transplanted and the technique chosen. It usually takes a few hours and our team will make sure you are comfortable throughout the process.

Hair Transplantation is performed under local anesthesia, minimizing any discomfort. Some patients may experience mild pain after the procedure, which is usually well managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

Initial results can be seen within a few months, but total growth and natural appearance typically takes 9 to 12 months. Our team guides you through what to expect during the growth phase.

Hair Transplantation is considered a safe procedure, but like any surgical intervention it can have potential risks or side effects. These are rare and may include temporary swelling or redness. Our specialists will discuss these with you in detail during the consultation.

Most patients can return to work within a few days after Hair Transplantation, depending on the nature of their work and their personal comfort. Our team will make specific recommendations according to your situation.

Proper aftercare is essential for optimal results. Our team will provide detailed instructions on how to wash, style and protect your newly transplanted hair, ensuring a smooth recovery and growth process.

Modern Hair Transplantation techniques minimize scarring. Small scars are usually hidden by the surrounding hair and fade over time. Our skilled professionals take every precaution to ensure a natural and aesthetically pleasing result.

Yes, Hair Transplantation is suitable for both men and women experiencing hair loss or thinning. A personalized consultation will determine the best approach based on individual needs and characteristics.

Scheduling a consultation at Linden Clinic is easy. Contact us through our website or call our clinic directly. Our friendly staff will help you schedule an appointment with our experienced professionals to discuss your Hair Transplant needs.

Dental Treatments

Frequently asked questions and answers about dental treatments.

With so many dental practices in Turkey, it is difficult to offer a single dental center Turkey costs. We recommend the most appropriate treatment plan for each individual patient's needs and prices for each treatment vary and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to our dental center costs in Turkey. To create a more accurate estimate of our Dentists in Turkey prices, get in touch to discuss your preferred dental treatment Turkey.

Many of our patients choose to extend their stay after their dental treatment in Turkey. Besides the best dental clinic in Turkey, the country offers some of the best scenery and cultural experiences. Linden Clinic is conveniently located in the medical center of Istanbul, a popular destination for visitors from around the world with great transport links allowing you to enjoy the surroundings during your dental holiday in Turkey.

Finding the best dentist in Turkey, as anywhere in the world, requires a certain level of research. Prices for dental care in Turkey are generally lower than in other regions, but finding the best dentist in Turkey means researching providers with lower standards of hygiene and safety. Asking "are dentists in Turkey good?" depends on where you look - our patients often consider us the best dentist in Turkey and we strive to maintain our trusted reputation.

Typically, one unit replaces one tooth and depending on the number of gaps and their adjacencies, patients may need fewer dental implants than gaps. For example, if a patient has three gaps in a row, they may only need two implants and three crowns. The two implants will rest on the two ends and a bridge crown will be attached over them; this will help to support the individual implants in lower proportions. A dental implant is suitable if you are missing more than one tooth.

Getting a full dental implant in Turkey can take as little as 6 months in total from start to finish. This is based on the assumption that there are no complications and if any abnormalities occur, you may need to complete your procedure up to a year after your first visit. We believe that a dental implant in Turkey should not be rushed and we want only the best for you when you attend our dental clinic. With proper care, your dental implant in Turkey can last 10 - 15 years, so the small comparative amount of time spent getting the procedure is worth it in the long run.

Investing in Invisalign is worth it if you have any dental problems such as mild to moderate overbites and underbites, gaps between teeth or crowding. Anyone can get them to help straighten their teeth and they come at an affordable price. If you prefer a more affordable option, you can opt for lingual braces instead of Invisalign.

Dental crowns can last anywhere between 5 and 15 years. When assessing how long your crown can last, there are several factors that come into play, including the material used as this will reflect durability and strength. Another external factor would be the mechanical pressure from teeth clenching habits and nail biting. If you have dental crowns or are planning to get dental crowns, make sure to practice your personal dental hygiene as thoroughly as possible.

Some frenum defects may only create a small tension. In other words, the person may not experience problems with speech development during childhood. This often leads people to ignore the problem and overlook the potential harm that a frenulum tension can cause.

For example, tension around the frenulum of the lips and gums can cause a gradual recession of the gums. Over time, the patient may begin to show obvious symptoms of gum recession. Frenectomy is important to resolve even the least threatening frenum defects. Especially since sometimes this effect can sometimes occur decades later in adulthood.

To know the difference between laminate veneers and Lumineers in terms of effectiveness, let's look at the problems each type can correct. Lumineers are much thinner than regular veneers and address moderate cosmetic problems. Therefore, although they cover a large number of cosmetic problems, they are only suitable for non-serious cases.

These include the following:

Mild to moderate pigmentation.

Mild crowding.

Worn teeth.

Cavities and chipping.

Sometimes your dentist may use various treatments in combination with laminate veneers to achieve your aesthetic goals. For example, crowns or implants.

The main reasons why dental surgery in Turkey is so popular are due to several different factors, mainly the prices of dentists in Turkey. The versatile treatments on offer, experienced medical staff, simple visa procedure, rich culture to explore and medical tourism in general are some of these reasons. Dental vacation in Turkey can be made more bearable by taking the time to relax a bit before dental surgery. You can read our reviews of our premium dental practices in Turkey to make your decision.

Obesity Surgery

Frequently asked questions and answers about obesity treatments.

The aim of sleeve gastrectomy, a fat loss surgery in Turkey, is to reduce the food capacity of the stomach and thus achieve satiety with less food intake; this change in eating habits provides bariatric patients with fast and effective weight loss.

During surgery, the surgeon makes small incisions in the abdomen and uses specialized instruments, including a laparoscope (a thin, flexible tube with a camera) to access the stomach. The outer part of the stomach is then carefully removed, preserving the natural opening of the stomach known as the pylorus. The remaining part of the stomach is reshaped into a long, narrow tube that resembles the shape of an arm or banana. With the smaller stomach pouch, patients feel full much faster than before surgery. This early satiety helps control food intake, leading to reduced calorie consumption. After the procedure, there may be changes in ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates hunger, leading to a reduced feeling of hunger and an increased feeling of fullness.

The amount of weight lost by patients after gastric sleeve surgery varies depending on the individual situation of the patients; however, generally, patients who undergo obesity surgery lose 75-80% of their excess weight after weight loss operation.

Gastric sleeve bariatric surgery is performed by removing 80-85% of the stomach; the reduced size of the stomach changes eating habits and leads to effective weight loss.

The outer part of the stomach is carefully cut away, leaving behind a smaller, tubular stomach pouch. The remaining edges of the stomach are stapled and closed to form the sheath-shaped pouch. The staples ensure that the newly formed stomach pouch stays in place and heals properly. This helps to maintain normal digestion and nutrient absorption. Once the procedure is complete, the surgeon carefully closes the incisions with sutures or surgical glue.

Gastric sleeve surgery is performed under general anesthesia; patients do not feel any pain or discomfort during the weight loss procedure by bariatric surgery centers. Patients may feel some discomfort after gastric sleeve surgery, but this is very mild and disappears within a few days.

Gastric sleeve offers patients painless bariatric surgery with rapid weight loss; it is a very safe weight loss procedure with very effective results. It can also treat obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, heart diseases and high blood pressure.

Patients are advised to wait at least 12 months to get pregnant after gastric sleeve surgery.

For the safety of the recovery process, patients stay in the hospital for 3 nights; after discharge, they are recommended to rest for another 3-4 days. Following bariatric surgery in Turkey, a break of approximately one week is recommended.

It is not recommended to drink coffee after gastric sleeve surgery; patients are usually advised to wait at least one month after surgery to drink coffee. However, your surgeon should be consulted to find out the best time to drink coffee after bariatric surgery.

Patients can stand up and walk on the day of gastric sleeve surgery.

Gastric sleeve offers patients very safe and effective medical weight loss procedures; the results are life-changing and the side effects are minimal compared to many other surgical procedures.

Patients undergoing bariatric surgery lose around 10-20 kg on average with gastric botox; however, with a strong and consistent diet and exercises, this amount can increase up to 30 kg.

Gastric botox has no serious side effects; some patients may experience nausea, but this is usually very mild and lasts only one to two days after the weight loss procedure.

The procedure itself takes only 10-15 minutes; the effects of gastric botox last for about 6 months. If needed, the procedure can be repeated after 6 months.

Gastric Botox requires effort from patients to ensure effective weight loss results; patients should follow a proper nutrition plan and exercise regularly to achieve maximum weight loss with the treatment.

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