One of the most important steps in having a heart transplant is getting placed on the transplant waiting list.
Temple's Advanced Heart Failure & Transplantation Program is one of the most experienced heart transplant programs in the country. If you're a transplant candidate, our team guides you through the process of:
- Getting on the list
- Transplant procedure
- Life after a transplant
We provide our expertise and support every step of the way.
What Is the Transplant Waiting List?
Because there are shortages of organ donors, there are waiting lists for transplant organs, including hearts. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the private, non-profit organization that manages the United States' organ transplant system. UNOS manages the lists and allocation of all donor organs for transplants in the United States.
How Do You Get on the Heart Transplant List?
You can only be added to the waiting list by a transplant center that has approved you for transplant. At Temple, approval for transplant begins with a referral from your cardiologist. Next, an extensive evaluation.
Our transplant team consists of cardiologists, surgeons, nurses and social workers. During the evaluation process, they will review your medical history, conduct diagnostic tests and perform a psychological exam. This allows them to determine if you’re a candidate for transplant at Temple. Financial staff also work with your health insurance company to determine coverage.