The transplant team works together to coordinate every facet of the transplant procedure from organ procurement, the surgical procedure, to patient and family support. The team tracks every aspect of the patient's care throughout the process and oversees every detail.

Once a compatible donor organ becomes available, the patient is notified and is admitted to Inova Fairfax Hospital for a stay that lasts an average of about two weeks. Following surgery, the patient is cared for in the 15-bed cardiovascular ICU. Eventually, the patient is transferred to a private room in a unit where staff members are experienced in the care of transplant patients.

During the recovery period, the transplant team teaches the transplant recipient what to expect during the recuperation period and following discharge. This teaching includes information about the patient's immunosuppressive medications and how to monitor progress when he or she returns home.

Patient support services

Inova Transplant Center recognizes that transplantation is an unsettling experience for patients and their families. We believe that regardless of where you are in the transplant process, you never need to face these concerns and this anxiety alone. Our dedicated transplant team recognizes the special needs of transplant patients and understands that living with a transplant may affect your lifestyle in many ways. We endeavor to help patients resume many of their former activities, and we encourage patients to maximize their quality of life. With these goals in mind, we provide a wide range of support services to both patients and their families.

Patient support group

Inova Heart and Vascular Institute is pleased to offer the Heart and Lung Transplant/VAD Artificial Heart support and education group. The group meets the first Tuesday of every month from 1 to 2 p.m. (VAD Patients to meet one-half hour longer) in the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute conference center on the ground floor. Call 703-776-7076.