When a donor heart becomes available, your transplant coordinator will call you.
It's crucial that you get to the hospital right away. We ask people on the heart transplant waiting list to be within 4 hours of UPMC.
Before coming to the hospital for your heart transplant:
When you arrive at UPMC, we will prep you for your heart transplant surgery.
The donor team will inspect the heart to make sure it's good for transplant and a match for you.
In the meantime — to make sure you're in good health with no active illnesses — you'll:
Before moving you to the OR, the anesthesiologist will speak with you about what to expect. You'll receive general anesthesia and sleep through the heart transplant procedure.
You will also speak to one of the surgical team members to get consent for the transplant to take place.
The amount of time for a heart transplant depends on the complexity of your case and if you need other procedures.
You may be in the OR longer than the actual procedure because the transplant team must work with the donor site.
During your heart transplant, your surgeon and care team will:
After your heart transplant, you will:
During this time, the heart transplant team will:
The nutritionist on your care team will also create and review an eating plan for you to follow at home.
Before you leave the hospital, make sure you and your caregiver clearly understand:
For people who need more help after heart transplant surgery, we may suggest spending time in inpatient rehab before going home.
Please feel free to ask members of your UPMC heart transplant team to explain anything you're unsure of and answer your questions. We're here for you through each stage of your transplant journey.
Don't hesitate to call our office at 412-648-6202 or toll-free 844-548-4591 to learn more. Or fill out the UPMC Heart Transplant Program contact form to make an appointment or refer a patient.