Heart transplant for children

In the Transplant Center, a team of doctors trained in treating children with heart disease (pediatric cardiologists), heart surgery (cardiac surgeons), infectious diseases and mental health conditions (psychiatrists) work together to evaluate and treat newborns, infants, children and adolescents who may need heart transplants at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

The transplant team evaluates your child to determine the most appropriate treatment for his or her heart condition, which may include a heart transplant or other heart surgery. If the team determines your child is eligible for a heart transplant, he or she will be placed on a waiting list for a donor heart.

The heart transplant process involves many steps before, during and after your child's heart transplant. After your child's transplant surgery, your child usually will stay in the hospital for one to three weeks. Your child's transplant team will monitor his or her recovery.

After your child has left the hospital, you and your child will need to stay near the hospital for about three months so doctors can monitor your child's recovery. Your child will have regular follow-up appointments to check for signs of rejection. After your child's transplant, a transplant coordinator will provide your child with continuing care. The transplant coordinator will be available to answer your questions and communicate with you and your child's treatment team.