Heart transplant surgery
Find out what happens during the transplant operation
- Heart transplant surgery lasts around 4-6 hours
- You will be put to sleep under a general anaesthetic while the transplant takes place
- Donor hearts are transplanted in the same place in your chest as your old heart
- The operation can be performed a variety of ways, which will depend on your needs and the preference of the transplant surgeon
How is heart transplant surgery performed?
Donor hearts are transplanted in the same place in your chest as your old heart. This involves the removal of the diseased heart and replacement with the donor heart.
Example of a surgical heart transplant technique
After you have been put to sleep under anaesthetic, the surgery will begin.
You will be attached to a heart-lung bypass machine, which takes over the function of the heart and lungs and delivers oxygen to the body.
The entire operation takes around 4-6 hours.