If you need a heart transplant to treat advanced heart failure, you may feel worried or frightened – and most likely have a lot of questions, too.
We’re here to help you and your family prepare for your heart transplant. During your surgery and your recovery, we’ll provide expert, compassionate care.
At Aurora Health Care, heart transplantation is close to our hearts. In fact, we completed the Midwest’s first heart transplant in 1968, just a few months after the first heart transplant in the world. Over the past 50 years, we’ve performed over 900 heart transplants.
Aurora’s heart transplant recipients have results that are better than national averages. That means they are living longer with their new heart than people who receive a heart transplant elsewhere.
We’re proud that our personalized care and expertise keep people healthier for years after their transplant. After all, living longer means more time for family, friends and everything else that makes life precious.
We understand that good health goes beyond our excellent results. The heart of the matter is how we care for you before, during and after surgery.
When you come to Aurora for heart transplant, you can count on:
Our Transplant Services department transplants other organs, too. We offer kidney, liver and pancreas transplantation. Learn more about our transplant services.
If you’re suffering from congestive heart failure, severe coronary artery disease or a heart defect that medications can’t heal, you may need a heart transplant to save your life.
The process can seem overwhelming, but your transplant coordinator and transplant team are available to address all of your concerns.
We’ll help you prepare with:
During a heart transplant, a surgeon replaces your heart with a healthy heart from a donor. Once your new heart starts beating, you can live longer and with a better quality of life.
Here’s what to expect from the transplant procedure:
When you wake up, your new heart will be beating, and you’ll be ready to move to recovery. After your heart transplant surgery, you’ll recover in one of our specialized intensive care units at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center.
Most people stay in the hospital for about two weeks after their transplant. Your post-transplant care will include:
Within a few months, you should feel strong enough to go back to work and resume daily activities. We’ll be here for you for the rest of your life, whenever you have questions or need support.