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How are heart transplants performed?

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Dr. Andrew Freeman
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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...

In brief: 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...
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Dr. Andrew Freeman
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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
If you really want specific anatomic details and usual sutures used I can explain, but Dr. Freeman response is right on the money with his description.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: ?

A thoracotomy is performed.
The failing heart is explanted. The new heart is implanted. The great vessels are sutured into place. The chest is closed. Obviously, there are a multitude of technical issues not appropriate for this forum.

In brief: ?

A thoracotomy is performed.
The failing heart is explanted. The new heart is implanted. The great vessels are sutured into place. The chest is closed. Obviously, there are a multitude of technical issues not appropriate for this forum.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
Thank
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