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Transplant services

The Transplant team at Papworth carry out heart, lung and heart-lung transplants on patients from across the United Kingdom.
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Specialist services

The multidisciplinary transplant team at Papworth also provides additional specialist heart and lung services.
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Transplant history

Papworth Hospital has been leading the way in transplantation for over 30 years.
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Transplant team

The Papworth Hospital team has accumulated over 30 years' of experience in transplantation.
Transplantation at Papworth Hospital

Total Artificial Heart

Papworth Hospital has a long history of innovation in heart and lung transplantation which began with the UK’s first heart transplant in 1979 and has also been using mechanical devices to support patients with end-stage heart failure since the 1980's.

Papworth Hospital is the only centre in the United Kingdom currently certified to implant the Total Artificial Heart (TAH) developed by Syncardia. The TAH is a bridge-to-transplant which replaces both the left and right heart ventricles, unlike a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) which only helps the failing left ventricle. It is a modern version of the Jarvik-7 Artificial Heart of the 1980s. In November 1986, a patient received a Jarvik heart and was supported for 2 days and before being transplanted.

Press Articles

UK's First Total Artificial Heart Patient To Go Home - 02 August 2011
A 40-year-old father has become the first person in the United Kingdom to receive a Total Artificial Heart implant and go home. Matthew Green had been critically ill suffering from end-stage biventricular heart failure.

Related Documents

Factsheet - Total Artificial Heart 

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Related Websites

SynCardia Systems, Inc.
SynCardia manufactures the world's first & only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart. Over 900 implants account for 210+ patient years.

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