Dr. Pat Pappas has been a cardiovascular thoracic surgeon, performing heart transplants for at least 37 years. Certainly, many consider him to be the “King of Heart Surgery.” His diverse experience and connection with multiple hospitals has affected many lives.
He says, “A Heart transplant is part of the reason I am a surgeon.” 1967 was the year of the first successful transplant. As a result, it made it possible that someone who had no chance of survival to live. By receiving another person’s heart implanted in their body. Deceased people who donated their organs were heroes themselves. Also, the doctors, nurses, and the medical teams are more than “Your Everyday Heroes”. Dr. Pappas says it is an amazing experience that a tragic event could become a blessing. As a result, touching 100’s of lives. Think about it. Really think about it.
Firstly, it takes a team of heroes to perform a heart transplant. For example, supplies, tools, equipment, medicine, monitoring, and more all provided by the team. The team is dependent on one another. This team continues saving lives. Day after day.
Someone’s life is in their hands. Every stitch, and every decision has to be made with their eye on the goal. As a result, a perfect outcome! As he remarks, “It is really about each interaction with the patient. And, the impact that a large corporation that delivers healthcare have on each other.” The dedication of a huge team making many lives better.
In conclusion, Dr. Pappas feels the patients deserve the newest and best tech possible. As an example, today’s minimally invasive tech and the breakthrough has given many a second chance. Dr. Pappas is excited about what new tech will bring to his patients.
American Heart Association http://heart.org
Video Production: Rocko Productions
Review Written By: M. Cardinal
Date Written: Mar 24th, 2020
Heart Transplants FAQs
Recent figures show that 75% of heart transplant patients live at least five years after surgery. Nearly 85% return to work or other activities they previously enjoyed. Many patients enjoy swimming, cycling, running, or other sports.
Your blood flows through a heart-lung bypass machine while the surgeon works on your heart. … Your diseased heart is removed and the donor heart is stitched in place. The heart-lung machine is then disconnected. Blood flows through the transplanted heart, which takes over supplying your body with blood and oxygen.
Potential risks of a heart transplant may include Infection. Bleeding during or after the surgery. Blood clots that can cause heart attack, stroke, or lung problems.
Consulting firm Milliman tallies the average costs of different organ transplants in the U.S. And while most are expensive—some are very expensive. A kidney transplant runs just over $400,000. The cost for the average heart transplant, on the other hand, can approach $1.4 million.