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.
- Organ Transplantation: Frequently Asked Questions (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- Organ Transplantation: The Process (Health Resources and Services Administration) Available in Spanish
- 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
- Cancer History May Affect Survival After Organ Transplant (04/22/2016, HealthDay)
- Common Infection Caused First U.S. Uterus Transplant to Fail, Hospital Says (04/11/2016, HealthDay)
- Doctors Report Groundbreaking HIV-To-HIV Organ Transplants (03/30/2016, HealthDay)
- More News on Organ Transplantation
- Food Safety for Transplant Recipients (Food and Drug Administration) - PDF
- Getting on the List (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- Matching Organs (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- Organ or Stem Cell Transplant and Your Mouth (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research)
- Organ Transplant Patients and Fungal Infections (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- 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)
- 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: The Canadian Organ Replacement Register: Nursing's important contribution.
- Article: Nagweyaab Geebawug: A retrospective autoethnography of the lived experience of...
- Article: Survival Benefit with Kidney Transplants from HLA-Incompatible Live Donors.
- 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)