Surgical Technique of Orthotopic Heart Transplantation. I: Standard Approach

  • D. K. C. Cooper


There are two very different basic operations for performing heart transplantation - orthotopic, in which the recipient heart is excised and replaced in the correct anatomical position by the donor heart, and heterotopic (the so-called ‘piggy-back’ heart transplant), in which the donor heart is placed in the right chest alongside the recipient organ, and anastomosed in such a way as to allow blood to pass through either or both hearts. Both procedures, however, have various modifications.


Pulmonary Artery Inferior Vena Cava Pulmonary Vein Left Atrium Superior Vena Cava 
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