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How is a open heart transplant performed?

How is a open heart transplant performed?

Carefully!: Seriously though, the patient is placed on cardiopulmonary bypass, the donor heart is readied, the recipient heart is arrested and removed - usually the back walls of the atria are left behind, that is where the new heart is grafted. Immunosuppressant may be given and the patient is weaned off bypass and the donor heart takes over. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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How hard is a heart transplant to perform?

How hard is a heart transplant to perform?

Relatively easy: Well i never did one, i'm not a surgeon and of course they train for many years. However, it is technically probably easier than some of the other surgery they do as you are sewing fairly large structures together. Working with smaller structures such as a coronary artery would be technically more challenging. Then again, there is a lot more sewing involved with doing the transplant. ...Read more

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How long does a heart transplant take to perform?

How long does a heart transplant take to perform?

Depends...: If this the first cardiac surgery perhaps 4 hours. If previous surgery, lvad, etc. It can take hours longer. ...Read more

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How are heart transplants performed?

How are heart transplants performed?

It's complicated: It's hard to answer this in a short way, but, once a heart is harvested (removed from a donor who is certified brain dead or similar), is is then prepared for a transplant into a recipient. The recipient is put on a heart/lung bypass machine and their own heart is removed at the level of the major blood vessels (in most cases) and then sewn into the recipients blood vessels. There's more too... ...Read more

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Who performed the first heart transplant?

Who performed the first heart transplant?

Barnard: Christian Barnard in 1967 in South Africa. Patient lived for about 18 days. ...Read more

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

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

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! ...Read more

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I was wondering is a heart transplant recipient still the same person at heart?

I was wondering is a heart transplant recipient still the same person at heart?

Great Question!: I would say that to have gone through such an experience, a heart transplant recipient is more than the person they were! It's like layers - they have added something to themselves and this new heart enhances their energy and spirit, and the experience may invigorate their life's passions!! ...Read more

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How dangerous of a surgery is a heart transplant?

How dangerous of a surgery is a heart transplant?

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. ...Read more

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How is a heart transplant done - is it like a coronary artery bypass operation?

How is a heart transplant done - is it like a coronary artery bypass operation?

2 basic ways: Atrial-aorta-pulmonary artery anastomosis or pulmonary veins - vena cavae - aorta- pulmonary artery anastomosis sequence. The pulmonary vein buttons left atrium and bi caval anastomoses in theory preserve most of the atrial kick. One main issue with transplanted hearts is that chronotropic dysfunction may occur leading to diminished exercise tolerance. If the donor in same or more time available. ...Read more

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How can I get a heart transplant?

How can I get a heart transplant?

By your cardiologist: Heart transplantation is a last resort measure -- so you have to have had an extensive evaluation by your cardiologist and he will determine whether you are qualified to be on the list for a heart transplantation. ...Read more

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Dr. Amy Friedman
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Transplantation (Definition)

Transplantation is the process of transplanting organs from a donor to a recipient and includes surgery ...Read more


Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Heart Transplant (Definition)

Getting a heart from a donor who passed away from ...Read more