Surgical Technique of Orthotopic Heart Transplantation

  • D. K. C. Cooper
  • D. Novitzky


There are two standard 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 ‘piggyback’ heart transplant), in which the donor heart is placed in the right chest alongside the recipient organ, and anastomosed in such a way to allow blood to pass through either or both hearts (Chapter 11).


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