Anesthesia for Organ Transplant

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • Yale Medicine is a destination center for transplants, often treating patients who have been turned down elsewhere.
  • While we treat some of the most seriously ill patients, our patients' survival rates are consistently higher than the national average.
  • Our anesthesiologists provide patient care before and after organ transplantation .

If you are nervous about going under anesthesia, you might feel better to know that anesthesiologists are focused on making sure surgery patients are as safe and comfortable as possible. If you or a loved one is undergoing an organ transplant, that work starts long before the day of surgery.

"Our role does not really start and end in the operating room,” says Ranjit Deshpande, MD, director of transplant anesthesiology for Yale Medicine and assistant professor of anesthesiology for Yale School of Medicine. Yale Medicine's specialized anesthesiologists are deeply involved in the entire transplant process, even working with the transplant team to make sure each new patients is an appropriate candidate for transplant, then following patients through surgery and recovery.