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How long does a heart transplant operation typically take?

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In brief: 3-5 hours

It depends the actual removal of the recipient heart is usually quick.
The sewing of the donor heart is usually quick. A lot of the time is opening(particularly if a reoperation) and then closing up if bleeding issues etc.

In brief: 3-5 hours

It depends the actual removal of the recipient heart is usually quick.
The sewing of the donor heart is usually quick. A lot of the time is opening(particularly if a reoperation) and then closing up if bleeding issues etc.
Dr. Creighton Wright
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology

In brief: Five to Six Hours

The procedure length is dependent upon many factors.
These can include the skills of the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, and the physical condition of the patient. If a patient has had multiple operations on their chest prior to the transplant, it makes the job of the surgeon that much harder. But the time frame of 5 to 6 hours is a reasonable assumption.

In brief: Five to Six Hours

The procedure length is dependent upon many factors.
These can include the skills of the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, and the physical condition of the patient. If a patient has had multiple operations on their chest prior to the transplant, it makes the job of the surgeon that much harder. But the time frame of 5 to 6 hours is a reasonable assumption.
Dr. Richard Pollard
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