Can you be denied a heart transplant operation because you are obese?

Yes. There are many studies showing a poor outcome in obese patients after heart transplant. Due to these data and donor organ shortage, most us transplant programs will have as an exclusion criteria a body mass index more than 35 or 40 kg/m2.
Perhaps. Obesity is a risk factor for bad transplant outcomes in general. It would depend on the degree of obesity, which is often measured using a formula called the body mass index in kg/m2. A bmi > 40 is pretty extreme. You should discuss this with your transplant team. Some centers are more restrictive that others.
Yes. Transplant centers have the right to determine who can be placed on their transplant list. Age, medical status, weight, social support, financial support, as well as other criteria may be used when evaluating patients. Patients deemed unacceptable at one center have the right to request evaluation at another center where they may be found to be acceptable.
Yes indeed. We have done weight loss surgery on several patients with end stage heart failure who had to lose weight to get a transplant. Some got better and didn't need the transplant after dramatic weight loss.

Related Questions

Coulda person be denied a heart transplant if their heart failed due to obesity and refusing to exercise?

Are you serious? Check your insurance policy terms. The contract will tell. The question is why would you waste it on someone who refused to care for the original? Read more...
Not likely. Obesity itself is an unlikely cause of heart failure. The heart may have been damaged by diseases (atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, etc. ) that are made worse by obesity. Read more...

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...

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...
Major surgery. Obviously it can be vary dangerous. If someone is getting a transplant, they already have serious medical issues that won't necessarily disappear overnight with a new heart. You also have the worry that they new heart will not function well after being implanted. That said, in the right patient, a transplant is a life saver. Discussion with your surgeon and cardiologist is important. Read more...

How long is heart transplant surgery?

Hmmm. Depends on many factors. Best to ask your transplant surgeon who will know you best. Read more...
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!, . Read more...

After a heart transplant surgery, what happens to the heart that is taken out?

Examined. The diseased heart that is removed is carefully examined under the microscope to help determine why it was not functioning well in the first place. Read more...
Pathology. The old heart is taken to pathology where doctors try to see if they can find reasons why it failed. Sometimes, with the patient permission, doctors will also conduct research on it. Read more...
It goes to pathology. After the recipient heart is removed, it is sent to be studied by the pathologists. This can help confirm the underlying cause of heart failure. Read more...

What is the sucess rate of infant heart transplant surgery?

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. Read more...