When a donor organ becomes available patients must proceed to the hospital immediately. Upon admission they will undergo preoperative tests such as blood work, chest x-ray, and urine testing. Patients will begin receiving intravenous antibiotics and a dose of immunosuppressant medication.
After anesthesia is administered, the patient is then placed on the heart-lung machine, which circulates and oxygenates the blood during the operation. During this time the organ donor team is preparing and transporting the donor organ to the operating room.
When the donor organ arrives:
Surgery takes four to six hours on average, and may take longer.
Heart Failure and Transplantation Program