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How is a open heart transplant performed?
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Dr. Samuel Hahn
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Dr. Samuel Hahn
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Dr. David Fertel
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees
In brief: You mean heart trans
You mean heart transplant.
The old heart is removed and the new one is placed in.

In brief: You mean heart trans
You mean heart transplant.
The old heart is removed and the new one is placed in.
Dr. David Fertel
Dr. David Fertel
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