Procedure: Heart Transplant Cost: $990,000 per surgery
Sometimes a heart transplant is need for various reasons, the most likely being chronic heart disease. With heart disease being one of the deadliest conditions, you’d think heart transplants are done all …show more content…
Intestine transplant at $1.2 million per surgery! Why is this procedure so darn pricey? Well, an intestine transplant, the surgical replacement of the small intestine, is extremely challenging to perform. Even though the first successful procedure was done back in 1987, only a few medical centers in the U.S. offer this procedure. This might be why, according to the United Network for organ sharing, there were only 139 transplants done in the U.S. in 2014.
Most people may think of the stomach or the colon (large intestine) when digestives issues come to mind. Don’t get us wrong, they’re important, but the small intestine does a lot of work too. In fact, it absorbs 90 percent of what you eat. Unfortunately, for many people with chronic digestive conditions like Crohn’s disease, the small intestine can’t absorb nutrients needed to keep the body strong.
Like all the procedures mentioned, anti-rejection meds and doctor’s visits are post-surgical realities for the recipient. The survival rate post-surgery is over 50 percent in the first year. Sometimes the surgical team may decide to replace the liver or other digestive organs in addition to the intestine.
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