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You may need an organ transplant if one of your organs has failed. This can happen because of illness or injury. When you have an organ transplant, doctors remove an organ from another person and place it in your body. The organ may come from a living donor or a donor who has died.
The organs that can be transplanted include:
You often have to wait a long time for an organ transplant. Doctors must match donors to recipients to reduce the risk of transplant rejection. Rejection happens when your immune system attacks the new organ. If you have a transplant, you must take drugs the rest of your life to help keep your body from rejecting the new organ.
- Organ Transplantation: Frequently Asked Questions (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- Partnering with Your Transplant Team: The Patient's Guide to Transplantation (Health Resources and Services Administration; United Network for Organ Sharing) - PDF
- Talking about Transplantation: What Every Patient Needs to Know (United Network for Organ Sharing) - PDF
- The Organ Transplant Process (Health Resources and Services Administration) Also in Spanish
- After the Transplant (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- Diet and Exercise (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- Post-transplant Medications (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- Preventing Rejection (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- How Organs Are Matched (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- Organ Transplant Patients and Fungal Infections (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Xenotransplantation (Food and Drug Administration)
- Before the Transplant (United Network for Organ Sharing)
Statistics and Research
- Organ Donation and Transplantation Statistics (National Kidney Foundation)
- The SRTR/OPTN Annual Data Report (Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients)
- U.S. Transplantation Data (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Organ Transplantation (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Changes in Awareness Toward Minor's Organ Donation Through Structured Information; Survey.
- Article: Best practices during COVID-19 pandemic in solid organ transplant programs in...
- Article: The Effect of Language on Access to Timely COVID-19 Vaccination of...
- Organ Transplantation -- see more articles
- Organ Facts and Surgeries (United Network for Organ Sharing)
Find an Expert
- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
- Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (Health Resources and Services Administration)
- Organ Transplants: What Every Kid Needs to Know (United Network for Organ Sharing) - PDF
- Organ Donation -- You're Never Too Old to Make a Difference (National Institute on Aging)
- Organ or Stem Cell Transplant and Your Mouth (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research) - PDF
- Transplant rejection (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish
- Transplant services (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish