Heart transplant: information about this surgery
The heart is a very important and essential organ in the human body, its main role is to ensure the circulation of blood throughout the body. Several diseases can be the cause of the disruption or the stop of the operation of the heart, which forces the infected person to change the latter by a healthy heart, it is called "the transplant of the heart".
Heart transplant: what is it?
Heart transplant, also known as heart transplantation, is a surgical procedure that involves replacing a sick native heart with a healthy one (taken from a donor). The first operation was carried out in South Africa in 1967 (the patient survived 18 days after the operation because of rejection of the graft by the immune system). Starting in the 1980s, researchers discovered the graft antirejection that increased the success rate of heart transplants.
The heart transplant operation in Turkey is carried out for both adults and children and its main objective is to improve the quality of life of the person suffering from severe heart failure.
Cardiac transplantation in Turkey: progress of the operation
Before the operation
This operation is carried out always in emergency, in the few hours (generally 4 hours) which follow the obtaining of the heart of donor. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and lasts between 4 and 10 hours.
The recipient receives preoperative assessment and blood work to assess all vital functions.
During the intervention
The operation begins with the removal of almost all the diseased heart (except the roof of the left atrium with its 4 pulmonary veins) after the placement of the patient under an extracorporeal circulation which temporarily replaces the circulatory function of the heart. Then, the already prepared graft will be connected on the atrium of the old heart to begin the beat and the circulation of the blood in a normal way. Sometimes the new heart needs medicine to help pump blood to all the organs in the body.
Following the operation
After the operation, close supervision for a few days is mandatory, then in the cardiac surgery department 2 to 3 weeks before going to a cardiovascular rehabilitation home for a few weeks as well.
Graft price in Turkey and Istanbul
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Last update : 22/01/2020