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.
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
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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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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.
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.
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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