How long you stay in hospital after a heart transplant depends on your condition at the time of the transplant and whether you have complications after the operation. If you are in good physical condition at the time of the operation and have an uncomplicated post-operative course you may be discharged in 2 to 3 weeks.
If you have spent a long time in intensive care before surgery you may need a more prolonged hospital stay.
Everyone recovers at a different rate after a heart transplant. After the first year since your operation, it is likely that your heart function will be stable and you won’t need to come to the transplant clinic as often.
As with any major operation, there is a risk of dying. The average risk of dying during the first year after a heart transplant is between 16 to 17 patients out of 100. However, this varies widely on a patient-by-patient basis.