Corneal transplant is a surgery to replace the part of a patient’s corneal tissue with a donor’s one. A donor is a deceased person. The cornea has no blood vessels, so the blood group of a donor is not essential.
Artificial replacement or keratoprosthesis is another type of corneal transplant. In this case, surgeons use eye implants. The procedure is prescribed for those patients who have had the failure of a donor corneal tissue.
Corneal replacement is performed at the Eye Center in Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. Ophthalmologic surgeon carries out cornea transplant procedure.
Bumrungrad eye doctors conduct Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK) and Descemet's Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK).
Specialists offer DALK for partial transplantation of corneal stroma. The procedure excludes the graft rejection risks.
Eye doctors use DSEK to remove damaged endothelium from the central part of patient’s cornea. During the procedure, eye surgeons make 2 small incisions. It is safer than the traditional corneal transplant.
Corneal transplant surgery lasts for 1-2 hours. During the operation, a patient is under general anesthesia.
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Corneal transplant is performed at Spreebogen Eye Hospital. The Clinic is one of the best corneal transplant hospitals in Berlin, Germany.
Spreebogen Hospital includes specialized laboratories. Specialists analyze the donated corneal tissues to minimize the risk of rejection. The Clinic cooperates with the corneal banks in Munchen (Germany) and San Diego (the USA). The banks guarantee the high grafts quality.
Eye surgeons perform lamellar keratoplasty if the corneal forepart is damaged. The operation is minimally invasive. It excludes the rejection risk.
Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK) is used in cases of the cornea sublayer injuries. Eye doctors carry out the surgery without saturation. It fastens the recovery period after the corneal transplant.
Eye surgeons of the Institut de la Màcula perform corneal transplant at Centro Medico Teknon. The Medical Center is considered to be the best corneal transplant hospital in Spain.
Ophthalmologists correct keratoconus (abnormal corneal contour), aesthetic problems, and treat corneal perforation using corneal replacement procedure.
Eye doctors of the Institute develop an individual treatment program for each patient due to the location of corneal pathology. Surgeons carry out penetrating keratoplasty, Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK), or the posterior forms of the surgery (DSEK, DSAEK, DMEK).
The success rate of corneal replacement
Corneal transplant for keratoconus treatment has 97% success rate.
5-30% of patients have complications after the surgery.
5-7% of graft failures after corneal transplant procedure.
How much does a corneal transplant cost?
Corneal transplant cost depends on:
- type of the corneal tissue (donor or artificial)
- surgery method (penetrating, lamellar or endothelial keratoplasty)
- price policy of the country where the operation is performed
- hospital type (private or government)
- experience of a surgeon (cornea replacement cost is higher when a world-renowned doctor conducts it).
Donor corneal graft price is 50% lower than artificial cornea transplant cost.
The difference between donor and artificial corneal implants depend on the advantages and disadvantages of the grafts.
Human donor cornea
Artificial cornea implant
Additional corneal transplant cost
According to the American National Institutes of Health, 1 out of 3 patients faces rejection after the corneal transplant in the first 5 years. In the case of rejection, a patient needs a repeated operation. A patient pays for additional surgery and diagnostics.
Corneal transplant cost also rises because of frequent eye exams. Patients need to undergo eye tests weekly, then monthly to notice possible complications during the 1st year after the procedure. An eye doctor develops the diagnostics schedule for each patient.
After the operation ophthalmologists can prescribe glasses or contact lenses to improve vision. It also affects the cornea replacement surgery cost.
Corneal transplant cost in Asian countries is 35-70% lower than in Europe or the USA. Medical tourists worldwide choose India, Turkey or Thailand for organ transplantation including the cornea replacement.
Healthcare services in India, Turkey, and Thailand are at the same high level as in European countries, Israel or the United States. The economic development of these countries causes low corneal transplant cost. They belong to the states with the less developed economy. Nevertheless, the government spends the significant amount of money on the development of medicine here every year.
Pay attention to the fact that only private clinics offer the high level of medicine and experience of doctors.
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How much does corneal transplant surgery cost? Top-5 countries worldwide
Corneal transplant cost in Germany is individual for every patient. The prices depend on the disease, it’s stage and presence of complications. German eye surgeons use the artificial corneal grafts of high quality. Top-grade materials affect the corneal implants cost. The implants are produced by Carl Zeiss company, the most significant manufacturer of the optical devices in Germany.
Medical centers in Germany work on the deposit system. A patient has to prepay the treatment before arrival at a hospital. The final settlement is made only after discharge. The rest of unused money is returned to a patient. Some clinics work only on full prepayment.
The donor implants are not included in corneal transplant surgery cost in Germany. The Eye Bank regulates the corneal implants cost.
Cornea replacement surgery cost in India is much cheaper than in Europe or the USA. A patient can save up to 50% of the money for the operation. The level of medical service in Indian clinics is on the same level.
Indian doctors use analogs of expensive drugs, so-called generics for the treatment of patients. Generics significantly reduce the corneal transplant cost in comparison with other countries.
Thailand is another country in Asia, where the eye doctors offer keratoconus corneal transplant cost 30-75% cheaper than in Europe or the US. Quality of service remains at the same level.
Thai doctors undergo internship abroad and exchange the experience with their colleagues from the USA. They provide the new technologies and the innovative methods in medical care, which increases the effectiveness of transplant procedures.
Thai hospitals look like the 5-star resorts. In addition to high-quality treatment, a patient has a good rest. Thai therapies during the recovery period speed up the healing process. A patient restores vision faster and returns to a healthy lifestyle.
The recovery period and accommodation are usually included in cornea replacement surgery cost.
Over 500,000 medical tourists choose Turkey for treatment annually. The country is famous for its high level of service and low prices. Corneal transplant cost is 50% lower than in Europe or Israel.
Turkish eye surgeons perform corneal transplant procedures without prepayments. Patients pay the bill only after the postoperative period.
The high quality of healthcare services is confirmed by JCI (Joint Commission International) certificates. The JCI certificate is a guarantee of patients’ safety and the service quality. 46 Turkish clinics have received the certification. For comparison, there are 30 JCI certificated clinics in Israel and only 10 in Germany.
Corneal transplant cost in Spain varies due to the city and hospital status. The price for the procedure in Barcelona is higher than in Valencia or Madrid.
The price of the corneal replacement also depends on a hospital type. Corneal graft cost is more expensive in private medical centers than in the state ones.
Spanish eye specialists determine the exact donor or artificial cornea transplant cost only after full diagnostics.
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Corneal transplant is carried out at the Ophthalmology Department of Memorial Medical Center. Eye surgeons perform the procedure.
Memorial Hospital is included in the top-10 list of the best corneal transplant hospitals worldwide. Ophthalmologists of the Hospital are the 1st in Turkey to perform corneal replacement surgery.
Keratoplasty, or corneal transplant surgery, is conducted at the Organ Transplant Center of Artemis Hospital. Surgeons of the Center treat keratoconus, eye injuries, ulcers, corneal scarring with the help of corneal replacement.
The procedure lasts for 1-2 hours. A patient returns to the normal activity in 1-2 weeks after the surgery.
Artemis Clinic is among top corneal transplant hospitals in India to perform Descemet's Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK). The surgery is minimally invasive. Surgeons apply 1-2 sutures. The recovery period after DSEK is shorter than after the traditional corneal transplant.
The Center includes the Eye Bank where experts collect eyes from the donors and prepare the tissues for use.
Corneal replacement is performed at Noviy Zir Eye Clinic in Kyiv, Ukraine. Ophthalmologists provide the procedure for people with keratoconus.
Surgeons at the Penetrating Keratoplasty Clinic remove the part of the cornea and replace it with the donor cornea. The recovery period after the operation lasts for 4-6 weeks.
Corneal replacement is performed at the Transplant Institute of Apollo Hospital (ATI). Transplant surgeons and pediatric surgeons conduct corneal transplant at ATI.
Divisions of Apollo Transplant Institutes are located in 14 Indian cities. ATI ophthalmologists has been carrying out the procedure for over 10 years.
Over 1,500 corneal transplants have been successfully conducted at the Institute. Apollo Transplant Institute shows one of the highest success rates of corneal transplant in India - 90%.
For the artificial corneal transplant in India, Apollo surgeons perform Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK) to achieve better visual improving. In comparison with corneal grafting, the procedure has no risk of rejection.
Corneal transplantation is carried out at the Ophthalmology Division of Medanta Medical Center. Transplant surgeons perform the procedure. Specialists provide artificial cornea transplant in India for the patients of any age.
Medanta Specialists provide the Hospital Cornea Retrieval Program (HCRP) to find and prepare donor eye tissues.
Asklepios Hospital Barmbek is a clinic No. 1 for foreign patients according to the Medical Travel Quality Alliance, the international organization for medical tourism.
The Hospital is a multidisciplinary medical center. It is a part of Asklepios Kliniken, the most significant German hospitals' network.
Asklepios Barmbek specializes in Oncology, Oncohematology, Surgery, and Pulmonology.
80,000 patients from Germany and other countries worldwide receive treatment annually here.
LIV Hospital Group consists of multi-specialized Turkish hospital with two divisions of LIV Hospital Ankara, and LIV Hospital Istanbul (Ulus). Both of them are smart hospitals of new generation with all the medical technologies available in the world: da Vinci robot-assisted system for the surgeries, MAKOplasty for knee replacement, YAG Laser for vascular surgery, virtual angiography for cardiac diagnostics, etc. In 2016, LIV hospital had the best success rate among all Turkish hospitals. Three LIV centers are entitled as the Centers of Excellence.
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Motol University Hospital is the largest medical center in the Czech Republic. It consists of over 30 specialized departments. The best doctors of the Czech Republic work here ㄧ they take top positions in the ratings of scholar Czech medical journals. The success rates for treatment of oncological and neurosurgical pathologies here are 78% and 89% correspondingly. They are the highest indexes in the country.
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European Medical Center (EMC) is No.1 private network of hospitals for advanced medical help. Specialists of EMC conduct a diagnostics and treatment in Russia according to European and international protocols.
Over 600 highly-qualified doctors from Russia, France, the USA, Israel, Germany and Japan work at EMC. Among them are 16 professors and over 30 doctors of medical science.
Rambam Hospital is one of the greatest medical centers in Israel. Thousands of international patients visit the medical center every year. It offers more than 1,000 beds for inpatients. It is necessary to mention that the Rambam medical team includes leading Israeli specialists – professors and doctors, some of whom were even awarded the Nobel Prize. Up-to-date equipment and advanced technologies allow these high-level specialists to refine and develop in various realms of medicine.
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Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov) is a leading Israeli clinic located in the center of Tel Aviv. It unites 5 hospitals, 180 polyclinics, and 60 departments are located. The Ichilov (Tel Aviv) has got an accreditation from the Joint Commission International (JCI) global organization for quality and safety of medical service. It belongs to TOP-10 world destinations for medical tourism according to the authoritative Newsweek magazine.
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Severance Hospital in Korea is an international multidisciplinary clinic at Yonsei University, located in Seoul South Korea. Yonsei Severance Hospital's Health System includes: oncology and rehabilitation centers, pediatric and women's clinics, cardiovascular center and Clinic of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. The Hospital has been certified by JCI (Joint Commission International) and serves 1.6 million outpatients annually.
Memorial Atasehir Hospital is a private multidisciplinary hospital in Istanbul which belongs to the large Memorial Healthcare Group. The Memorial Atasehir specialties are organ transplant (with 99.5% success rate for liver and 99% for kidney), in vitro fertilization (65% success rate), oncology, cardio- and neurosurgery.
The hospital has Joint Commission International (JCI) certificate for the compliance with international treatment standards, quality, and safety. JCI is a global organization that controls the quality of medical services worldwide.
Cagin Eye Hospital is the largest private hospital for eye treatment in Turkey.
Doctors of the Medical Center perform laser correction of vision, strabismus and cataract surgery, treat corneal diseases and injuries.
The Clinic applies the most modern ophthalmologic techniques — PRK, LASEK, LASIK, iLASIK, and corneal cross-linking (treatment of keratoconus without surgery). NASA approves the iLASIK technology for the astronauts' treatment.
380 foreign patients undergo eye treatment in Cagin Hospital annually.
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Medicana Group of Hospitals is a large healthcare organization that follows world’s standards of treatment. It comprises 12 modern clinics and employs over 3,500 medical personnel. All hospitals have high-tech equipment, caring and experienced medical staff. Medicana Hospitals meet quality and service standards of the Turkish Ministry of Health and the Joint Commission International (JCI).