Heart Transplant

Background 

A heart transplant is a surgical replacement of a person’s diseased heart with a healthy donor’s heart. To remove a heart from the donor the healthcare providers must declare the donor brain dead. The major constraint with heart transplant surgeries is availability of the deceased donors ( brain dead donors). As it also considered to be complex surgery, the availability of Infrastructure, surgeons and expertise is limited across the globe. We at SHL Surgeon House Limited intend to constantly promote and educate the society about the importance of organ donations.

Conditions requiring Heart Transplant surgery 

Heart transplants are performed when the condition is so severe that the heart is not responding to any other therapy.

  • Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Valvular Heart Disease
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Restrictive Myopathy
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Congenital Heart Disease

Procedure of Heart Transplant

  • When donor becomes available to you the procedure begins.
  • The donor  heart is  obtained from deceased donor or brain dead donor. 
  • During the heart transplant your surgeon will connect you to the heart lung machine. It does the job of your heart and takes the strain off your lungs. It pumps the oxygen rich blood into your body so your heart is still during the operation.
  • The surgeon then accordingly removes the diseased heart and replaces it with a healthy donor heart.
  • The amount of time required for a heart transplant surgery depends upon the complexity of the case. If you have had prior heart surgeries it may take longer.

Risk Associated with Heart Transplant. 

  • The most common cause of death after the transplant is infection or rejection of the heart.
  • Patients who are on medication to prevent rejection are at a risk of developing high blood pressure, kidney damage, osteoporosis and lymphoma. 
  • Immunosuppressants can increase your risk of developing cancer.

Results

  • Most people who receive a heart transplant enjoy a good life and are able to resume daily life activities. This majorly depends upon your conditions after the surgery. 
  • Overall survival rate is 85% after one year and about 69% after 5years for Adults.
  • Survival Rates continue to improve despite an increase in older and high-risk transplant recipients. 

Consult with Best team of General, Transplant and Thoracic Surgeons available for Heart Transplant at Surgeons House Limited (SHL) at global locations. Please click this link for more details

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