- UNOS). Not enough organs are available for transplant. A patient may wait months for a transplant. More than 25% do not live long enough. The donor heart is completely removed and quickly transported to the patient, who may be located at some considerable distance. The heart is cooled and kept in a special solution while being taken to the patient. During the operation, the patient is placed on a heart-lung machine which allows bypass of blood flow to the heart and lungs. The machine pumps the blood throughout the rest of the body, removing carbon dioxide and replacing it with oxygen needed by body tissues. The patient's heart is removed except for the back walls of the atria, the heart's upper chambers. The backs of the atria on the new heart are opened and the heart is sewn into place. Surgeons then connect the blood vessels and allow blood to flow through the heart and lungs. As the heart warms up, it begins beating. Patients are usually up and around a few days after surgery and, if there are no signs of the body immediately rejecting the heart, are home within 2 weeks.
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