Diagnosis and Treatment Unit for Osteoporosis



"O
STEOPOROSIS DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT UNIT"



Aydan ORAL, MD, Professor
Dr. Dilşad SİNDEL
, MD, Professor
Ayşe YALIMAN
, MD, Professor
Sina ESMAEILZADEH
, MD



Osteoporosis Outpatient Clinic continues to serve as the subunit of Osteoporosis Diagnosis and Treatment Division.

Osteoporosis Outpatient Clinic was established by Prof. Dr. Nurten ESKIYURT in 1992. Osteoporosis outpatient clinic was restructured after the purchase of bone densitometry device in 2002 and continued its mission under the name of “Osteoporosis Diagnosis and Treatment Unit”.   


Purpose of Establishment

  • To diagnose osteoporosis which results in significant health problems and increase in frequency due to increased population of elderly, sedentary life style and feeding habits
  • To provide up-to-date drug therapy and rehabilitation programs in order to treat osteoporosis and prevent its complications
  • To perform long-term follow-up of the patients considering chronic nature of osteoporosis
  • To conduct preventive trainings and exercise programs in order to prevent osteoporosis and related fractures
  • To provide the patients with a high quality care and to establish a data bank for the scientific researches by constructing computer-assisted registration system
Our unit serves in five areas:
  1. Osteoporosis Outpatient Clinic
  2. Bone Densitometry Centre
  3. Awareness and Training Programs for the Patients
  4. Group Exercise Programs
  5. Scientific Research

Osteoporosis Outpatient Clinic

What We Do
A file is created on the computer for each patient containing all relevant information. Patients admitted to our outpatient clinic for the first time and those referred from the other departments undergo physical examination; if indicated, bone densitometry measurements, blood and urine tests and dorsal and/or lumbar vertebral X-ray images are obtained. Based on the available data, the diagnosis of the patient is being established; then appropriate medical treatment and rehabilitation program are arranged. When indicated, patients are consulted with the specialists of Endocrinology or Obstetrics and Gynaecology Departments in order to determine the causes of the secondary osteoporosis and to provide their treatment. Patients followed by osteoporosis outpatient clinic come for control visit with certain intervals depending on their diagnosis and treatment programs. On control visits, if deemed necessary, investigations are requested; patients are re-evaluated and their treatment program is reviewed.

Working Days

“Osteoporosis Outpatient Clinic” working as the subunit of Osteoporosis Diagnosis and Treatment Unit works on an appointment calendar and serves on Mondays between 08.30-12.30.

How to Apply?

Patients found to be have risks for osteoporosis or those diagnosed with osteoporosis in general outpatient clinic are evaluated with the certain tests and then directed to “Osteoporosis Outpatient Clinic”.

Bone Densitometry Centre

Bone mineral density is measured by a certified technician in five days of the week within working hours using DPX-NT model GE-LUNAR brand DXA measurement device located in Osteoporosis Diagnosis and Treatment Unit. Patients followed by our unit or those referred by other departments undergo bone densitometry measurement.

Awareness and Training Programs for the Patients

The purposes of the awareness and training programs include creating awareness on osteoporosis and complications that may occur as a result of osteoporosis, emphasizing the importance of prevention against osteoporosis, providing information to the patients followed by our unit with the diagnosis of osteoporosis, creating appropriate feeding programs, regulating the daily life activities and ensuring their participation to the exercise programs. Groups of 15 people are created from the patients being followed and included in the training programs; the outcomes of the training are monitored at the long term.

Group Exercise Programs

Exercise programs are performed for preventive and treatment purposes in the exercise lounge located in the Osteoporosis Unit for the patients recruited to the training school or to those out of the training program.

Scientific Research
Patient data recorded on the digital environment is used as to provide a resource for scientific researches about osteoporosis and future studies on this topic are supported. In addition, multicenter studies as well as thesis studies are conducted by our unit.