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A 44-year-old member asked:

How long is heart transplant surgery?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 39 years experience
Hmmm: Depends on many factors. Best to ask your transplant surgeon who will know you best.
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Depends: If any prior heart surgery it takes longer. 2-4 hours for a primary operation would be reasonable. Open, remove the diseased heart, sew the new one in, and close the wound. A large number of steps!, .

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How dangerous of a surgery is a heart transplant?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Everett
Thoracic Surgery 33 years experience
Better than altern.: Heart transplant recipients can now days expect nearly a 90% 1 yr survival and 75% at 5 years. This therapy is for patients with end stage heart failure who otherwise have a poor quality of life and limited prognosis without transplant or lvad.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the chances of dying during the heart transplant surgery?

1 doctor answer11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marco Paliotta
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Unlikely.: Unlikely but possible. It depends on both donor and recipient factors. Although very unlikely, a poorly selected donor heart may cause severe and acute failure and death. Acute failure of the donor heart may also occur due to an acute rejection by the recipient. This can lead to death as well. An unforeseen surgical complication may also lead to death during the transplant. These events are rare.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What is the sucess rate of infant heart transplant surgery?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Varga
Pediatric Cardiology 42 years experience
Pretty good: The surgery not very comlicated and is almost always successful , if there is a good match. The survival is ~70% in 5 years. As rejection prevention strategies improve the long term survival will improve further.

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