Heart Transplant Cost In Germany

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A Heart transplant, or a Cardiac transplant, is a surgical transplant procedure performed on patients with end-stage heart failure or severe coronary artery disease when other medical or surgical treatments have failed. In a Heart, the Transplant procedure involves the removal of the diseased heart and replacing it with the donor's heart. The surgeon then attaches the major blood vessels to the donor's heart.

Inclusions in the package

The cost of Heart Transplant Surgery includes:

  • Preoperative diagnostic tests cost [some tests that may be required, including Echocardiogram, Electrocardiogram, Heart catheterization, Chest x-ray, etc.]

  • The surgery cost

  • Post-Operative cost (depends on the number of follow-up sessions)

  • Medicine cost (Immunosuppressants, Pain Killers, Antibiotics, etc.)

  • Cost of immunosuppressant injections (if required)

  • Patient's hospital stay

Note: Extra care is needed after a Heart Transplant since there is a risk of infection, so the patient may need to stay in a sterile environment during recovery.

Factors affecting cost of Heart Transplant

The overall cost of the procedure also varies based on the patient's condition and preferences. Some of these factors are:

  • Type of hospital and room opted (General, Twin sharing, or single room)

  • The severity of the disease

  • Additional tests may be needed

  • Post-surgical complication, if it happens (such as rejection, cardiac allograft vasculopathy, graft dysfunction, chronic kidney disease (CKD), etc.) 

  • Cost of Blood products (if required)

  • An extended stay at the Hospital due to any health reason apart from the package stay period

  • Cost of accommodation during follow-ups, in case the patient is not a local resident

Cost related to Heart Transplant in Germany

Listing approximate price of Heart Transplant and some related procedures. The prices may change depending upon the centers and condition of the patient.

Treatment name Cost range
Heart Implants USD 9000 to USD 11000

List of Centers for Heart Transplant in Germany

Popular Cities in Germany for Heart Transplant are:

Leading Hospitals for Heart Transplant in Germany

Doctors for Heart Transplant in Germany

The right doctor to consult for a Heart Transplant case is a Cardiac Surgeon.

Listing popular specialists:

Prof. Dr. Med. Henning Baberg

Prof. Dr. Med. Henning Baberg

Chief, 22 years of experience

Helios Hospital, BerlinLocation

Heart catheter, Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty, Atrial appendage closure, Rotablation, Atrial septal defect closure

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Schmoeckel

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Schmoeckel

Chief, 37 years of experience

Asklepios Hospital Barmbek, HamburgLocation

Heart valve reconstruction, Valve transplantation, Ventricular assist devices, Xenotransplantation

Prof. Dr. Stephan Willems

Prof. Dr. Stephan Willems

Senior Consultant, 29 years of experience

Asklepios Hospital Barmbek, HamburgLocation

Arrhythmias, Heart surgery, Heart catheterization

Prof. Dr. Med. Michael A. Borger

Prof. Dr. Med. Michael A. Borger

Director, 31 years of experience

Helios Park Hospital, LeipzigLocation

Aortic valve reconstruction, Valve-preserving aortic root surgery, Complex aortic surgery, Complex endocarditis operations, Minimally invasive aortic, Mitral valve surgery

Prof. Dr. Med. Ingo Dahnert

Prof. Dr. Med. Ingo Dahnert

Chief, 32 years of experience

Helios Park Hospital, LeipzigLocation

Congenital and acquired heart defects in children, Catheter interventions, Rhythmology, Echocardiography, CT Scan, MRI scan

Dr. Andreas Bollmann

Dr. Andreas Bollmann

Senior Consultant, 28 years of experience

Helios Park Hospital, LeipzigLocation

Ablation of AVNRT, WPW, Ablation of ventricular extrasystoles (VES), Cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT), Ventricular tachycardia

Prof. Dr. Med. Gerhard Hindricks

Prof. Dr. Med. Gerhard Hindricks

Chief, 29 years of experience

Helios Park Hospital, LeipzigLocation

Ablation of AVNRT, WPW, Atrial fibrillation, EAT, Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), Ablation of ventricular extrasystoles (VES), Ventricular tachycardia

Prof. Dr. Med. Holger Thiele

Prof. Dr. Med. Holger Thiele

Chief, 20 years of experience

Helios Park Hospital, LeipzigLocation

Angiology, MRI, Intraaortic Balloon Support, Catheterization

Dr. med. Florian Mathias Wagner

Dr. med. Florian Mathias Wagner

Director, 35 years of experience

Asklepios St. Georg HospitalLocation

Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery Atrial Fibrillation, Ablation Surgery Tricuspid Valve Disease/Repair Arterial Revascularisation/T-graft Technique Beating Heart Surgery, OPCAB LVAD Stem Cell Therapy

Prof. Dr. Med. Rudolf A. Hatz

Prof. Dr. Med. Rudolf A. Hatz

Head of Department, 34 years of experience

Ludwig Maximilian University Hospital, MunichLocation

Tracheal diseases Hyperhidrosis Thymoma Funnel chest Pleural empyema Lung volume reduction Malignant Pleural effusion Esophageal diseases affecting lungs

Prof. Hans Martin Hoffmeister

Prof. Hans Martin Hoffmeister

Chief, 35 years of experience

Solingen Municipal Hospital, SolingenLocation

Implantation of pacemaker and defibrillator Invasive diagnostics Angiology Pulmonology

Dr. med Ulf Jonas

Dr. med Ulf Jonas

Director, 28 years of experience

Asklepios Academic City Hospital, Bad WildungenLocation

Atrial Fibrillation Ablation, Atrial Septostomy, Balloon Valvuloplasty, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) Surgery, Coronary Angioplasty, Heart Valve Repair and replacement Surgery

Dr. med. Dieter Puplat

Dr. med. Dieter Puplat

Chief, 23 years of experience

Asklepios Academic City Hospital, Bad WildungenLocation

Heart Transplant Surgery, Heart Valve Repair Surgery, Heart Valve Replacement Surgery, Coil Embolization, Coronary Angioplasty, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) Surgery

PD MD Dr. H. Krankenberg

PD MD Dr. H. Krankenberg

Chief, 27 years of experience

Asklepios Academic City Hospital, Bad WildungenLocation

Heart surgery, Peripheral arterial occlusive disease, Angiography

Prof. Dr. med. Sigrid Nikol

Prof. Dr. med. Sigrid Nikol

Senior Consultant, 31 years of experience

Asklepios Academic City Hospital, Bad WildungenLocation

Angiology, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery

Dr. med. Malte Schroder

Dr. med. Malte Schroder

Head of Department, 23 years of experience

St. Hedwig Hospital, BerlinLocation

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation Ablation, Atrial Septostomy, Balloon Valvuloplasty, Coronary Angioplasty, Heart Valve Repair Surgery, Heart Valve Replacement Surgery

Dr. med. Alex Gehring

Dr. med. Alex Gehring

Senior Consultant, 17 years of experience

Hospital of the Holy Spirit, FrankfurtLocation

FFR, Atrial occluder, CTOs, ICD, CRT-D implantation, Non-invasive cardiology

Dr. med. Yusuf Sarikaya

Dr. med. Yusuf Sarikaya

Senior Consultant, 20 years of experience

Hospital of the Holy Spirit, FrankfurtLocation

Balloon Valvuloplasty, Heart Transplant Surgery, Heart Valve Repair Surgery, Heart Valve Replacement Surgery

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Weyand

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Weyand

Head of Department, 26 years of experience

University Hospital Erlangen, ErlangenLocation

Minimally invasive heart valve surgery, Heart transplantation, Pacemaker implantation, Defibrillator implantation, Minimally invasive heart surgery

Dr. Stephan Baldus

Dr. Stephan Baldus

Consultant, 30 years of experience

University Hospital of CologneLocation

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, Valve repair surgery

Success Rate

The overall survival rate after Heart Transplant is more than 85% after one year and about 69% after five years for adults.

It takes around three to six months for complete healing after a Heart Transplant. However, the age and general health of an individual also depend on the recovery period.

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Frequently Asked Questions Related to Heart Transplant

Before the Procedure (15 Questions):

Heart Transplant procedure consists of three stages: The first stage is harvesting the heart from the donor. The second removing the recipient's damaged heart And lastly is the implantation of donor's heart.

 

Contradictions are: Insulin-dependent diabetes with severe organ dysfunction Recent thromboembolism such as stroke Advanced kidney, lung, or liver disease Metastatic cancer Life-threatening diseases including acute infection or systemic disease such as systemic lupus erythematosus, sarcoidosis Vascular disease.

When checking whether a heart is a good match the team will look at the quality of the heart, the size, and how well it matches blood and tissue type.

The most common causes of death following a transplant are infection and rejection. With the exception of having to take lifelong medication to keep the body from rejecting the new heart.

General symptoms of heart transplant rejection are- Fever Fluid collection in lungs Decreased oxygen level in blood Shortness of breath.

Functioning of heart is assessed by: Echocardiogram - measures the Ejection Fraction or EF which is a measure of how well the heart is contracting. NT-pro BNP - a hormone that rises in the blood as a response to a failing heart.

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85 to 90 percent patients live 2 years or more. 60% of them live for 5 years or more.

Unfortunately, there can never be a commitment on how long one has to wait. It depends on a lot of factors - age, height, weight, blood group of the patient, Indian patients in waiting queue, International patients in waiting queue before the patient.

Heart transplant is the surgery to remove the disease part of heart from a person and then to replace it with a healthy heart from donor organ.  Before you can start with your heart transplant the doctor makes sure that this is the best treatment choice for your heart failure.

You may need a heart transplant if your heart is failing and other treatments are not effective. It is not effective in case if end-stage heart failure disease in which the heart muscles are severely failing in pumping blood throughout the body.

Heart transplant is a major surgery and its some of its complications can be life threatening. Among all the people undergone heart transplant the rate of survival is seen upto  five years.

Heart transplant is a major surgery the risk of the surgery includes bleeding, infection, and blood clots in some cases there can also be rejection of donor heart.

Heart transplant can take less than four hours to be done while some complex procedures will take seven to nine hours to be done.

Some of the causes of heart failure incudes heart attack, viral infection, high blood pressure, heart valve disease, heart defects seen at the time of birth, irregular heart beats, high blood pressure in lungs, alcohol intake,  low red blood cell count, chronic lung disease.

During the Procedure (4 Questions):

A heart transplant operation usually takes between 4-6 hrs.

Before undergoing heart transplantation you have to undergo some tests which doctor will prescribe you such as blood test, diagnostic tests such as X-rays, ultrasound, CT scans.  You should not eat or drink anything before six hours of the procedure.

A routine heart transplant surgery can be performed in less than four hours, while some complex ones may take seven to eight hours or even more than it.

Heart transplant is done under general anaesthesia, first a soft flexible tube will be placed in your bladder for draining urine. Another tube will be put through your mouth or nose into your stomach for draining stomach fluids. Once you are asleep, a breathing tube will be put through your mouth into your lungs. The tube will be attached to a machine (ventilator) that will breathe for you during the surgery. The skin over your chest will be cleaned with an antiseptic solution.

  • The surgeon will make an incision down the centre of your chest from just below the Adam's apple to just above the navel.
  • After that surgeon will cut the breast bone in half and they will then separate the two half of the breast bone and spread them apart to reach your heart.
  • The surgeon will put tubes into your chest so that your blood can be pumped through by a heart-lung machine.Once the blood has been completely diverted into the bypass machine eased heart.
  • The surgeon will sew the donor heart into place. Once your new heart is in place, it is being connected with the blood vessels carefully so there are no leakage.
  • When your new heart is fully connected, the blood circulating through the bypass machine will be allowed back into the heart and the tubes to the machine are removed.
  • Tubes will be put into your chest to drain blood and other fluids from around the heart. These tubes will be connected to a suction device to drain fluids away from the heart as it heals.
  • A sterile bandage or dressing will be applied.

Post the Procedure (6 Questions):

It takes about six to eight weeks for your incisions to heal.

It generally takes three to six months to fully recover from heart transplant surgery.

Recovery after your heart transplant is similar to the recovery after any heart surgery. It takes about six to eight weeks for your incisions to heal. At first, you may have some muscle or incision discomfort in your chest during activity. Itching, tightness, or numbness along your incision are also normal.

You'll usually need to stay in hospital for around 2 or 3 weeks after a heart transplant. Most people are able to start returning to many of their normal activities within a few months.

Heart transplant has lots of risks; it is possible that the heart transplanted will not work enough to maintain its circulation.

Risks of heart transplant includes infection, bleeding during or after surgery, blood clots, breathing problems, kidney failure and  coronary allograft vasculopathy.

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