Heart Transplant Surgery
The Heart Transplant Procedure
The transplant team removes the donor heart from the donor. Because of the difficulty of preserving the heart muscle, hearts must be transplanted within four hours of removal.
The surgical team then removes the recipient’s heart and attaches the new heart to the major blood vessels and to the right atrium and left atrium of the recipient's native heart.
Your Hospital Stay
The average hospital stay for a heart transplant patient is 10 to 20 days.
During the hospital stay, we'll carefully monitor you, train you on self-care and help you get started with the medications you'll need to protect your heart from rejection.
Learn what to expect after a heart transplant.