At the Hospital
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
heart failure) until you are matched with a donor
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.