Heart Transplant

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Heart Transplant – What is it?

A heart transplant, in simple terms, is a surgical procedure that replaces a patient's diseased heart with a healthy heart from a deceased donor. It is a treatment option for those whose heart no longer functions adequately, typically due to conditions like end-stage heart failure, certain congenital heart diseases, or severe coronary artery disease. Heart transplantation becomes an option when other treatments or surgeries fail to alleviate the condition.

Why Would Someone Need It?

For many, a heart transplant isn't just an option; it's a necessity. While heart failure can sometimes be managed with medications or devices like ventricular assist devices (VADs), in severe cases, the heart's ability to pump blood efficiently is compromised beyond repair. This could lead to life-threatening complications such as organ failure. For these patients, a heart transplant offers a renewed chance at life, providing them with a functioning heart.

Who is an Ideal Candidate?

Not everyone with heart issues qualifies for a transplant. Patients must undergo rigorous assessment to determine their physical and mental readiness for both the surgery and the lifelong commitment to aftercare. This includes ensuring they have a robust support system, understanding the risks and benefits, and being compliant with post-transplant medications.

Procedure Duration:

Duration of the Surgery:

A heart transplant procedure typically takes between 4 to 6 hours. This time frame can vary based on the complexity of the surgery, the patient's health status, and potential complications that may arise during the operation.

Recovery Time:

After the procedure, patients are expected to spend about 1-2 weeks in the hospital, with several days in the intensive care unit (ICU) for close monitoring. Following the initial hospital recovery, patients will need regular check-ups to monitor the new heart's function, potential organ rejection, and any other complications. Full recovery, wherein the patient can resume most of their regular activities, may take several months.

Post-Operative Care:

For the rest of their lives, heart transplant recipients will be on immunosuppressant medications to prevent their body from rejecting the new heart. Regular follow-ups, a healthy lifestyle, and continuous monitoring are crucial to ensure the longevity and functionality of the transplanted heart.


  • Cost-Effectiveness: Many countries offer heart transplant procedures at a fraction of the cost compared to Western nations, without compromising quality.
  • Advanced Technology: Top medical destinations are equipped with state-of-the-art technology ensuring precise and successful surgeries.
  • Expertise: Some overseas hospitals boast world-renowned transplant teams with a track record of high success rates.
  • Shorter Wait Times: With the shortage of organ donors in some countries, opting for a transplant abroad might result in reduced waiting times.

Potential Destinations

  • India: Known for its cutting-edge medical facilities and highly skilled cardiologists.
  • Turkey: Renowned for its modern hospitals and experienced transplant teams.
  • Spain: Has one of the highest donor rates globally and advanced medical facilities.
  • Thailand: Famous for its medical tourism infrastructure and top-tier hospitals.

Risks & Considerations

  • Organ Rejection: The body might recognize the new heart as foreign and attempt to reject it.
  • Travel Strain: The stress of traveling after a major surgery can be significant.
  • Cultural and Language Barriers: Can lead to misunderstandings in post-operative care.
  • Regulations and Ethics: Ensure the chosen country has stringent organ transplant regulations to avoid ethical issues.

How to Choose the Right Doctor and Hospital

  • Accreditation: Ensure the hospital is accredited by international medical bodies.
  • Doctor’s Experience: Check the surgeon's qualifications, years of experience, and success rate in heart transplants.
  • Reviews and Testimonials: Past patients' experiences can provide insights into the care provided.
  • Post-Operative Care Facilities: It's essential that the hospital provides adequate aftercare and monitoring facilities.
  • Transparent Communication: Choose a hospital and team that communicates transparently, answering all your concerns and queries.

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Patients are advised to seek hospitals that are accredited by Global Healthcare and only work with medical tourism facilitators who are certified by Global Healthcare Accreditation or who have undergone certification from the Certified Medical Travel Professionals (CMTP). This ensures that the highest standards in the industry are met. GHA accredits the top hospitals in the world. These are the best hospitals in the world for quality and providing the best patient experience. Click the link to check out hospitals accredited by the Global Healthcare Accreditation: https://www.globalhealthcareaccreditation.com

Frequently Asked Questions

What actually happens during hyperstimulation of the ovaries?

The patient will take injectable FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) for eight to eleven days, depending on how long the follicles take to mature. This hormone is produced naturally in a woman’s body causing one egg to develop per cycle. Taking the injectable FSH causes several follicles to develop at once, at approximately the same rate. The development is monitored with vaginal ultrasounds and following the patient’s levels of estradiol and progesterone. FSH brand names include Repronex, Follistim, Menopur, Gonal-F and Bravelle. The patient injects herself daily.

What happens during egg retrieval?

When the follicles have developed enough to be harvested, the patient attends an appointment  where she is anesthetized and prepared for the procedure. Next, the doctor uses an ultrasound probe to guide a needle through the vaginal wall and into the follicle of the ovary. The thin needle draws the follicle fluid, which is then examined by an embryologist to find the eggs. The whole process takes about 20 minutes.

What happens to the eggs?

In the next step, the harvested eggs are then fertilized. If the sperm from the potential father, or in some cases, anonymous donor, has normal functionality, the eggs and sperm are placed together in a dish with a nutrient fluid, then incubated overnight to fertilize normally. If the sperm functionality is suboptimal, an embryologist uses Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection to inject a single sperm into a single egg with an extremely precise glass needle.  Once fertilization is complete, the embryos are assessed and prepared to be transferred to the patient’s uterus.

How are the embryos transferred back to the uterus?

The doctor and the patient will discuss the number of embryos to be transferred. The number of successfully fertilized eggs usually determines the number of eggs to be placed in the uterus. Embryos are transferred to the uterus with transabdominal ultrasound guidance. This process does not require anesthesia, but it can cause minor cervical or uterine discomfort. Following transfer, the patient is advised to take at least one days bed rest and two or three additional days of rest, then 10 to 12 days later, two pregnancy tests are scheduled to confirm success. Once two positive tests are completed, an obstetrical ultrasound is ordered to show the sac, fetal pole, yolk sac and fetal heart rate.


Built into this technology there is a microscope with a powerful camera that allows the uninterrupted monitoring of the embryo during its first hours of life. In this way, we can keep a close eye on the embryo, from the moment when the oocyte is inseminated and begins to divide into smaller and smaller cells, until it can be transferred to the uterus.

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