Medical Travel Guide: Istanbul

Ambra Andrei - Medical Content Writer

Posted Nov 17, 2016

More and more people have been travelling abroad for medical treatments done in recent years. This is no surprise, as travelling to overseas clinics can allow you to save up to 80% on treatment, while still relying on the best quality of care out there. However, why not also use this as an opportunity to take in the sights that your destination has to offer? This is the first of a series of city guides that combine travel and leisure with the most popular treatments and clinics that Qunomedical can assist you with. First on our list: Istanbul.

Istanbul, Turkey

Home to the highest number of mosques in Turkey, Istanbul’s ancient history dates back to the seventh century BC, when it was originally founded by the Greeks. As one of the world’s most populated cities, Istanbul is a booming city that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. The city’s long history lies around every corner and its magnificent architecture reflects the different cultural influences that once glorious empires left behind.

Cultural Crossroads

Istanbul has been home to several settlements during the past hundreds years and its multicultural feeling still has a strong presence today. İstiklal Street, in the Beyoğlu district, is Istanbul’s most active area and is the perfect place to find a great mixture of modern and traditional cafés and boutiques. While the street is busy at every hour of the day, you can find some peace of mind by visiting one of the churches or mosques, such as Hüseyin Ağa Camii Mosque, the Catholic Church of Santa Maria Draperis, or the church of S. Antonio di Padova.

Bargain Hunting

You can’t visit Istanbul without stopping by the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest covered markets where more than 5,000 shops attract thousands of visitors every day. Located in the district of Fatih, the Grand Bazaar has plenty to offer: From jewellery to Turkish ceramics and textiles, you’re likely to find a little treasure to bring back home. Bargain is the name of the game here!

Museum City

What better way to discover a city’s history and traditions? Istanbul offers more than 20 museums to get to know its culture and art. Besides the long-established Istanbul Archaeology Museums — with large collections of Turkish, Hellenistic, and Roman artifacts — you can explore Turkey’s vibrant art scene at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and 19th-century Orientalist paintings and ceramics at the Pera Museum.

Getting Around Istanbul

Istanbul boasts a cheap and efficient public transport system, which includes a tram, metro and bus network. There’s also a ferry that travels along the Bosphorus strait, connecting the Asian and European shores. When travelling to the city center, it’s better to use local transportation as parking can be both difficult and expensive.

Health Tips

There are a few vaccinations to consider before going to Turkey. Typhoid fever and hepatitis A and B are options, although they are only recommended if you’re traveling away from the frequently travelled routes. Also make sure your tetanus- diphtheria-polio vaccination is updated. It’s good to discuss your options with your doctor 4-6 weeks before traveling to Turkey.

Popular Clinics, Doctors, and Treatments in Istanbul

We at Qunomedical know that whichever treatment you undergo, high-quality care is essential. That’s why we have a strict and thorough vetting process in place to find doctors and clinics that offer high-quality treatment, at an affordable price. Below we’ve laid out a list of the most sought after treatments and the most popular clinics and doctors in Istanbul amongst past patients.

Dental Implants

Dental treatments abroad include different procedures, such as teeth whitening, dental implants, crowns, and veneers. Traveling abroad to get a dental implant can be very cost-effective. Below, are some of the most popular dental clinics in Turkey that have been frequently visited by past patients.

Hospitadent Mecidiyekoy

Home to some of the most renowned dentists, Istanbul’s Hospitadent Mecidiyekoy specializes in cosmetic procedures such as veneers, crowns, teeth whitening, and dental implants. They also frequently perform preventive and restorative procedures such as orthodontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Almost 5,000 international patients travel to Hospitadent Mecidiyekoy every year.

Istanbul Aesthetic Center

Istanbul Aesthetic Center (IAC) is equipped with high-quality facilities and dentists and medical staff who boast vast experience in their respective fields. The clinic offers dental consultations, veneers, and implants, as well as other dental surgeries and periodontics.

Hair Transplants

Turkey is one of the most popular destinations for hair transplantation surgery, with high-quality clinics specializing in the most advanced techniques. Methods such as follicular unit extraction (FUE) and platelet-rich plasma therapy are popular choices here. Below you find two of the most popular hair transplant clinics in Istanbul.

Liv Hospital

Liv Hospital is a multi-disciplinary facility which boasts both JCI-accreditation and ISO certification. Liv Hospital’s team of internationally trained specialists have treated over 14,000 international patients and they’re striving to be one of the world’s finest clinics, specializing in hair transplants and making patient care their priority.

Smile Hair Clinic at Moodist Hospital

Smile Hair Clinic is a medical center specializing in hair transplant surgery within the Moodist Hospital in Istanbul. Founded by hair transplant specialists, Dr. Gökay Bilgin, MD and Dr. Mehmet Erdogan, MD, Smile Hair Clinic has been the scene of thousands of successful hair transplants. The clinic prides itself on providing a 'boutique' like experience, and treating every patient as part of a family. Ready to get started with your treatment journey in Istanbul? Contact us now and one of our Patient Managers will be in touch. Our service is 100% free, regardless of whether you book a treatment or not.

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