Why choose Ochsner Health for your heart transplant care?
If you need a heart transplant, you can receive world-class care in Louisiana. In 1970, John Ochsner Sr., MD, performed the 14th heart transplant in the United States and the first in Louisiana. Since that time, Ochsner has remained a leader in heart transplants. Our expert team consistently ranks among the top heart transplant centers in the country.
The Ochsner Transplant Institute is one of 13 healthcare systems in the U.S. that has performed more than 1,000 heart transplants. We are Louisiana’s only heart transplant center accredited by the United Network for Organ Sharing. The Ochsner Transplant Institute is also a center of excellence for several major insurance companies.
Our surgeons perform approximately 30 heart transplants per year, and consistently maintain some of the nation's highest survival and lowest complication rates for heart transplantation patients. We’re skilled at caring for patients with complex needs and able to perform multi-organ transplants. In 2018, Ochsner was the first in the region to perform a combined heart and lung transplant.
In addition to heart transplants, Ochsner offers extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and one of the country’s most extensive left ventricular assist device programs. These treatments can be a bridge to cardiac transplantation. Ochsner is also home to the region’s only pediatric heart transplant program.
Thanks to recent technological advancements and techniques, heart transplantation is now available to more patients than ever before. If you were told you’re not a good candidate for a heart transplant or feel uncertain about your options, we encourage you to meet with the Ochsner heart transplant team for a second opinion.
Whether you’re just starting to explore the possibility of a heart transplant or are seeking a second opinion, the multidisciplinary Ochsner heart transplant team is ready to provide the care you need.