Heart Transplant Surgery
The Heart Transplant Procedure
Our surgical team removes the donor heart from the donor patient. 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
A new life with a transplanted organ begins in the hospital, right after the transplant operation. The average hospital stay for a heart transplant patient is 7 to 14 days.
During the hospital stay, transplant recipients are carefully monitored and tested. Patients also receive extensive training on self-care at home and the drugs needed to protect the transplanted organ from rejection (called immunosuppressants).
Learn what to expect after a heart transplant.