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How long does an organ transplant surgery take?

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It depends on what organ you're getting, along with many other things. For example, you may spend less time in the operating room if you've already had surgery on that organ or a previous transplant.

Transplant surgery times differ a lot. A few examples include:

Your surgeon can give you a better estimate, taking into account your specific circumstances.

  • Liver, 5 to 8 hours
  • Kidney, 4 to 5 hours
  • Pancreas, 2 to 4 hours
  • Both kidney and pancreas, 5 to 7 hours

SOURCES: 

Marwan Abouljoud, director, Transplant Institute, Henry Ford Hospital System, Detroit.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "The Transplant Team."

Penelope Loughhead, LMSW, transplant social worker, Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston.

Diane Kasper, RN, heart transplant coordinator, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix.

United Network for Organ Sharing.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 20, 2019

SOURCES: 

Marwan Abouljoud, director, Transplant Institute, Henry Ford Hospital System, Detroit.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "The Transplant Team."

Penelope Loughhead, LMSW, transplant social worker, Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston.

Diane Kasper, RN, heart transplant coordinator, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix.

United Network for Organ Sharing.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 20, 2019

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