Ochsner Performs 1,000th Heart Transplant

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After performing one of the first heart transplants in the Gulf South fifty years ago, Ochsner Health System sets a milestone of completing their 1,000th heart transplant, joining 13 other prestigious healthcare systems in the country to accomplish the feat. Dr. Aditya Bansel lead physician of the historic transplant, says it’s been a team effort.

“Rich history, multidisciplinary team approach that actually can result in outstanding outcomes and I think that is what’s happening at Ochsner,” said Bansel.

Bansel says the patient is recovering well and he’s extremely pleased with the team’s performance.

Before a transplant operation even begins there are several phases involved in the overall process. Bansel says in order to have a successful outcome they have to find a proper match.

“When we talk about matching for the donor to the recipient, we are talk”ing about the age, we are talking about the size, the weight and the blood group and so many other factors,” said Bansel.

When a patient has to undergo a transplant due to heart disease, it can be overwhelming. But Bansel says the heart transplant team at Ochsner has a long dedicated history in providing life-changing outcomes.

“This is a significant satisfaction that provides us in caring for these patients who really have no other options left,” said Bansel.

The late Dr. John Ochsner Sr. pioneered heart value and coronary bypass surgery. Completing 1,000 heart transplants is now another accolade Ochsner Health System can celebrate.


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