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When you arrive at the hospital or transplant center because a donor organ has been found, you will immediately be prepared for surgery. Final tests will be done to make sure the donor organ is a good match.

  • If the organ is a good match, you will have transplant surgery right away.
  • If the organ is not a good match, the organ will be given to a person who is a better match, and you will return home and continue to wait for your new organ.

If your current health condition requires that you be hospitalized while you wait for a donor organ, you will receive supportive and lifesaving care (such as blood pressure support for heart failure) until you are matched with a donor organ.

After your transplant, the amount of time you'll spend in the hospital depends on how healthy you are before the surgery, which organ was transplanted, and how well your body accepts the donated organ.

A longer hospital stay may be needed for a heart or lung transplant than for a kidney transplant. Some people are out of the hospital within a few days after their transplant. Others may need to stay for a few weeks.

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Last Updated: May 18, 2012
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