The heart transplant operationTThe heart transplant operationThe heart transplant operationEnglishCardiologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)HeartCardiovascular systemProceduresAdult (19+)NA2009-12-11T05:00:00ZAnne Dipchand, MD, FRCPC6.0000000000000070.0000000000000390.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>A heart transplant operation takes four to 10 hours. Learn what happens during the transplant and the major problems that may occur.<br></p><p> This page explains how a heart transplant is carried out. </p><h2> Key points </h2> <ul><li> During the transplant, your child will be put on a bypass machine so the surgeon can remove their heart and connect the new one to their blood vessels. </li> <li> Sometimes a new donor heart needs special medicines or treatments to help it begin beating regularly. </li> <li> Your transplant surgeon and cardiologist will discuss with you all the potential problems that could occur, including a weak heart, low blood pressure, bleeding, kidney failure, collapsed lungs, and seizures.</li></ul>
La chirurgie pour une greffe du cœurLLa chirurgie pour une greffe du cœurThe Heart Transplant OperationFrenchCardiologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)HeartCardiovascular systemProceduresAdult (19+)NA2009-12-11T05:00:00ZAnne Dipchand, MD, FRCPC6.0000000000000070.0000000000000390.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>La durée d’une opération de transplantation cardiaque varie entre quatre et dix heures. Découvrez ce qui se passe pendant la transplantation ainsi que les principaux problèmes qui pourraient survenir.<br></p><p> Cette page explique le déroulement d’une transplantation cardiaque. </p><h2> À retenir </h2> <ul><li> Pendant la transplantation, votre enfant sera placé sous machine de dérivation afin que le chirurgien puisse retirer le cœur et relier le nouveau cœur à ses vaisseaux sanguins. </li> <li> Parfois, un nouveau cœur de donneur nécessite des médicaments ou des traitements spéciaux pour l’aider à commencer à battre de manière régulière. </li> <li> Votre chirurgien cardiaque et votre cardiologue discuteront avec vous de tous les problèmes potentiels qui pourraient survenir, notamment la faiblesse du cœur, une tension artérielle basse, des saignements, une insuffisance rénale, l’affaissement des poumons et les convulsions. </li></ul>

 

 

The heart transplant operation1675.00000000000The heart transplant operationThe heart transplant operationTEnglishCardiologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)HeartCardiovascular systemProceduresAdult (19+)NA2009-12-11T05:00:00ZAnne Dipchand, MD, FRCPC6.0000000000000070.0000000000000390.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>A heart transplant operation takes four to 10 hours. Learn what happens during the transplant and the major problems that may occur.<br></p><p> This page explains how a heart transplant is carried out. </p><h2> Key points </h2> <ul><li> During the transplant, your child will be put on a bypass machine so the surgeon can remove their heart and connect the new one to their blood vessels. </li> <li> Sometimes a new donor heart needs special medicines or treatments to help it begin beating regularly. </li> <li> Your transplant surgeon and cardiologist will discuss with you all the potential problems that could occur, including a weak heart, low blood pressure, bleeding, kidney failure, collapsed lungs, and seizures.</li></ul><h2>How is the heart transplant carried out?</h2> <p>The heart transplant surgery will be done within hours of finding a donor heart.</p> <p>Your child will be given general anaesthesia. They will be attached to monitoring lines so the staff can carefully watch your child's condition. Once your child is asleep, the surgeon will make an incision (surgical cut) down the middle of your child's chest. Your child is then put on the cardiopulmonary bypass machine, which takes over the job of your child's heart and lungs. </p> <p>Your child's heart is removed and the new one is connected to your child's blood vessels. Your child is taken off bypass and the new heart starts beating as it warms up. </p> <p>Sometimes a new donor heart needs special medicines or treatments to help it begin beating regularly. Your child may need a pacemaker for a short time. </p> <p>Before the surgery ends, the surgeon will check all parts of the heart for leaks. </p> <h2>How long will the transplant operation take?</h2> <p>Surgery to transplant the heart takes four to 10 hours. If your child has had heart operations before, it could take longer. </p> <h2>What problems can occur with transplantation?</h2> <p>Your transplant surgeon and cardiologist will discuss with you all the potential problems that could occur. Some of them include:</p> <ul> <li>The new heart may be weak. Your child may need very strong intravenous drugs to help the heart pump blood to all organs of the body. </li> <li>Low blood pressure. Your child will need strong intravenous drugs to help keep the blood pressure up. </li> <li>A lot of bleeding. Your child may need to get blood transfusions to replace the blood lost during the operation. </li> <li>Kidney failure. Your child’s kidneys may not work very well immediately after the transplant, and they may need temporary dialysis until they start to work again. </li> <li>Collapsed lungs. Your child will be on a breathing machine to help the lungs work. Still, there is a chance that the lungs may collapse or fill with liquid. </li> <li>Seizures (convulsions). Your child may need to start taking medications called anticonvulsants to control seizures. </li></ul> <p>Outcomes also depend on the child's condition before surgery. If your child was in extremely poor condition, the surgery may be quite strenuous. </p>The heart transplant operation

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