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A 24-year-old member asked:

How much more difficult is it for doctors to perform a heart transplant if the patient has sinus inversus?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
SITUS Inversus?: Situs inversus is a condition where the body's organs are backwards (heart on right, liver on left, etc). I'm not a cardiothoracic surgeon but i'm sure that this condition will make a heart transplant substantially more difficult. I did a quick search, and i can tell you that it has been performed, but it would be best to seek out a top notch transplant program. Good luck!
Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology 24 years experience
Same: Should not make much difference as long as there are no additional vessels abnormalities.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How can doctors keep patients alive when doing a heart transplant?

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Dr. Philip Ovadia
Thoracic Surgery 23 years experience
Heart lung bypass: During a heart transplant operation the person receiving the transplant is kept alive by the use of the heart lung bypass machine (cardiopulmonay bypass).

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