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Transplant services

The Transplant team at Papworth carry out heart, lung and heart-lung transplants on patients from across the United Kingdom.
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Specialist services

The multidisciplinary transplant team at Papworth also provides additional specialist heart and lung services.
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Transplant history

Papworth Hospital has been leading the way in transplantation for over 30 years.
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Transplant team

The Papworth Hospital team has accumulated over 30 years' of experience in transplantation.
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Transplantation services

The Transplant team at Papworth carry out heart, lung and heart-lung transplants on patients from across the United Kingdom. In addition, they also implant ventricular Assist Devices to bridge patients to heart Transplants.

Heart and Lung Transplantation

Papworth is one of the country's main adult heart and lung transplant centre and has carried out over 1,200 heart transplant operations and 800 lung transplant operations since performing UK's first successful heart transplant operation in 1979.

Papworth has also pioneered the use of invasive monitoring and hormone resuscitation for managing multi-organ donors which has become the international gold standard in donor management.

Mechanical Devices and total artificial heart

Papworth Hospital has a long history of innovation in heart and lung transplantation and has been using mechanical circulatory support devices to treat patients with end-stage heart failure since the 1980's.

Sometimes, very sick heart failure patients require bridging therapy before transplantation. This can be through the insertion of a mechanical blood pump to assist the left ventricle of the heart, known as a ventricular assist device (VAD). Patients fitted with these devices can be independent within the community whilst waiting for a suitable donor heart.

The total artificial heart replaces both ventricles of the native heart. In November 1986, Papworth kept a patient alive with a Jarvik-7 Artificial Heart for 2 days before doing a successful heart transplant, the first of such cases in the UK.

Papworth Hospital is the only centre in the United Kingdom currently certified to implant the Total Artificial Heart (TAH) developed by Syncardia and in 2011 was the first UK hospital to implant this device where the patient was able to go home.

Patient referrals

Patients are referred to the service by their local physician. The transplant physicians decide if the patient would be suitable for an outpatient and/or inpatient assessment. It is usual for a family member to accompany the patient on these visits. A range of planned tests are carried out and the process culminates in a multidisciplinary team meeting which discusses the options for each individual patient and makes recommendations for their future care. These options are then discussed with the patient.

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