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You may need an organ transplant if one of your organs has failed. This can happen because of illness or injury. When you have an organ transplant, doctors remove an organ from another person and place it in your body. The organ may come from a living donor or a donor who has died.
The organs that can be transplanted include
You often have to wait a long time for an organ transplant. Doctors must match donors to recipients to reduce the risk of transplant rejection. Rejection happens when your immune system attacks the new organ. If you have a transplant, you must take drugs the rest of your life to help keep your body from rejecting the new organ.
- After the Transplant (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- Before the Transplant (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- Organ Transplantation: Frequently Asked Questions (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- Organ Transplantation: The Process (Health Resources and Services Administration)
- Partnering with Your Transplant Team (Health Resources and Services Administration, United Network for Organ Sharing) - PDF
- What Every Patient Needs to Know (United Network for Organ Sharing) - PDF
- Organ Recipients at Raised Risk of Cancer Death, Study Finds (01/07/2016, HealthDay)
- Transplanted Face May Age Prematurely (12/03/2015, HealthDay)
- Firefighter Receives Most Extensive Face Transplant Ever (11/16/2015, HealthDay)
- More News on Organ Transplantation
Treatments and Therapies
- After the Transplant: Medications (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- Food Safety for Transplant Recipients (Food and Drug Administration) - PDF
- Getting on the List (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- Infection and Malignancy (American Society of Transplantation) Available in Spanish
- Matching Organs (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- Organ or Stem Cell Transplant and Your Mouth (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research)
- Types of Cancer Associated with Transplant Recipients (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- Xenotransplantation (Food and Drug Administration)
Videos and Tutorials
- Clinical Perspectives: 7-Year-Old Girl Has 6 Organs Removed and Retransplanted (OR-Live) - Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, New York, NY, 6/17/2009
Statistics and Research
- Fixing Flawed Body Parts: Engineering New Tissues and Organs (National Institutes of Health)
- Organ Donation and Transplantation Statistics (National Kidney Foundation)
- Organ Transplants without Life-Long Drugs (National Institutes of Health)
- Transplant Program Reports (Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients)
- U.S. Transplantation Data (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Organ Transplantation (National Institutes of Health)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Development and Psychometric Testing of a Sexual Concerns Questionnaire for...
- Article: Rabbit antithymocyte globulin-induced serum sickness disease and human kidney graft...
- Article: Changes taking place under the new kidney transplant allocation system.
- Organ Transplantation -- see more articles
- Organ Facts (United Network for Organ Sharing)
Find an Expert
- Organ Transplants: What Every Kid Needs to Know (United Network for Organ Sharing) - PDF
- Organ Donation and Transplantation for Older Donors and Recipients: Resources from the U.S. Government (National Institute on Aging)