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The leader in organ transplantation in the Northwest.

Heart Transplant

Half of patients who receive a heart at UW Medicine are still alive after 17 years — six years longer than the national average.

Liver Transplant

UW Medicine surgeons have performed over 2,000 liver transplants, and our patients experience less time on the waitlist than the national average.

Lung Transplant

As the only lung transplant program in the Northwest, we perform up to 60 transplants per year. Our 3-year survival rates exceed national averages.

Kidney & Pancreas Transplant

Our team has performed the most combined kidney/pancreas transplants in the Northwest, and 95 percent of our kidney recipients have a working kidney after three years.

Face & Hand Transplant

Our transplant center is one of an elite group of centers nationwide that’s certified to perform hand, face and abdominal wall transplants.

Intestine Transplant

Our Intestinal Care and Transplantation Clinic provides care to restore digestive function, including the only intestinal transplant program available in the Northwest.

Featured Provider

Meet the provider: Jorge Reyes, M.D.

Dr. Reyes is UW Medicine’s chief of Transplant Surgery. He specializes in liver and intestinal transplantation in adults and children, and he believes his patients should never give up hope. View full bio.

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CARE COORDINATION

  • Patient education
  • Referral information
  • Transplant evaluation

TRANSPLANT SURGERY

  • Care team navigation
  • Multiple-organ transplantation
  • Transplant medication management

SUPPORT FOR LIFE

  • Patient support resources
  • Transplant infection care
  • Transplant rejection care

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Condition Spotlight

Heart transplant rejection

Overview

Transplant rejection occurs when the immune system sees the new heart as a foreign object and starts to attack either the heart tissue itself or the body’s arteries. Transplant rejection is common — even in patients who take anti-rejection medication — and can occur months to years after the transplant surgery.

Symptoms

It’s common for rejection to happen without any symptoms. The first symptom might be a heart attack. Other symptoms may include feeling tired or weak, fever or chills, shortness of breath, fast or irregular heartbeat, drop in blood pressure, sudden weight gain, reduced amounts of urine, dizziness or nausea.

Risk factors and causes

One of the most important risk factors is a genetic mismatch between the heart donor and heart recipient. Younger heart recipients are also at greater risk for rejection. Rejection can happen in a normally functioning immune system. Failing to take anti-rejection medicines as prescribed can cause transplant rejection.

Diagnosis

Often, a healthcare provider will diagnose acute rejection using a heart biopsy to show signs of rejection before symptoms appear. Finding a rejection early increases the chances it can be treated. Electrocardiograms, echocardiograms and blood tests that check for certain genes tied to rejection may also be used.

Treatment

Treatment depends on the severity of the rejection, symptoms, current medicines and the type of rejection. Some options for treating acute cellular transplant rejection include increasing the anti-rejection medication dosage, adding medication to suppress the immune system, plasmapheresis or open heart surgery.

Complications

In rare cases, heart transplant rejection can cause complications such as failure of the new donor heart, abnormal heart rhythms (some of which can cause sudden death) and heart attack. Your care team will partner closely with you before, during and after your transplant to monitor your progress.

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