If you are coming to Singapore from abroad for a transplant service, we can help make your trip a smooth one.
For over 40 years, Mount Elizabeth Hospitals have served international patients from no fewer than 120 countries. We have built a reputation for quality care in various medical specialties to ensure the best outcomes in living donor liver and kidney transplants.
Our overseas patients have access to comprehensive care from our team, with medical, administrative and welfare needs all efficiently attended to. We can help you with everything from your travel checklist to your flight arrangements, accommodations, visa extensions and airport transfers. As your stay for a transplant procedure may take several weeks, we strive to make your stay a comfortable one.
We are pleased to offer concierge and religious services to meet the needs of our international patients. We also have interpreters speaking several languages who will ease your communication with our healthcare professionals.
Our dedicated and experienced Patient Assistance Centres staff are professionally trained to provide you with the assistance you need before, during and even after your visit. They can also give you advice on the estimated cost of treatments and procedures at our hospitals.
Here are answers to questions commonly asked by our international patients. For more FAQs from recipients and donors, please visit the liver transplant page.
In Singapore, it is possible to do an emotionally-related liver transplant. This means that it is legal for friends and relatives to donate a liver to the ones they love.
To be suitable to donate a liver, the potential donor must be a willing adult between the age of 18 – 60, not have any liver-related diseases or HIV, be of a healthy BMI, be of a compatible blood type with the recipient, and in good physical and mental health.
As commercial transplantation is strictly prohibited in Singapore, every case of organ donation must be approved by Singapore’s Transplant Ethics Committee (TEC) before the transplantation can proceed. Our team of experts are here to help guide you through the process of getting these approvals.
The risk of death from donating a liver is very low – there is a 0.3% chance of this happening.
The liver regenerates itself quickly, and the liver of a donor would grow back to its original size after a few months.
This means that for donors, there is almost no long term effect on the quality of life after a donation.
In order to have the best long term outcomes, we recommend patients to consider a transplant if they have been diagnosed with end-stage liver disease or primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma).
These include patients with liver cirrhosis, and in particular, patients who have more advanced cirrhosis or complications of cirrhosis. This is also known as decompensated liver disease.
Patients up to age 65 can be considered for liver transplantation.
Our liver transplant care team at Mount Elizabeth has earned a reputation in Singapore and the region for their depth of expertise and uncompromising quality of care to all our patients.
Learn more about our liver transplant team.
Here are answers to questions commonly asked by our international patients. For more FAQs from recipients and donors, please visit the kidney transplant page.
In Singapore, it is possible to do an emotionally-related kidney transplant. This means that it is legal for friends and relatives to donate a kidney to the ones they love.
To be suitable to donate a kidney, the potential donor must not have a history of cancer, diabetes, pre-diabetic, HIV and hepatitis. The donor must also be able to give his/her informed consent for the donation.
As commercial transplantation is strictly prohibited in Singapore, each and every case of organ donation must be approved by Singapore’s Transplant Ethics Committee (TEC) before the transplantation can proceed. Our team of experts are here to help guide you through the process of getting these approvals.
As long as the donor is assessed to be healthy enough and suitable to donate a kidney, the donation will not affect the health and quality of life of the donor.
If you have end or late stage kidney disease, a living donor kidney transplant can help you attain a longer and better quality of life. If you are concerned about complications arising from underlying medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, heart disease) our expert care team is here to advise you on how to proceed.
Patients up to age 65 can be considered for kidney transplantation.
For living donors, there is no upper age limit and potential donors above the age of 70 can be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Compared to kidney dialysis, a transplant can provide the following advantages:
Our medical experts and surgeons have years of experience in performing complicated, high-risk transplants such as ABO blood group incompatible and cross-match positive (sensitised) transplants.
Our kidney transplant care team at Mount Elizabeth brings decades of experience and expertise in caring for and helping kidney transplant patients lead longer and more fulfilling lives.
Find out more about our kidney transplant team.