Transplantation surgery

Transplantation surgery

Transplantation surgery abroad can help patients to identify specialist centres overseas. Transplantation is the act of transferring an organ or tissue from one place to another. This can be from one body to another (allogenic transplants), or even form one part of the patient to another part (autologous transplant), with the intention of replacing a diseased or damaged body part.

In the case of allogenic transplantation, the ideal donor is an identical twin, or someone with the same blood type and immunologic characteristics. The success of such procedures depends on overcoming the body's natural rejection of the donor tissue by the immune system. Common types of transplantation are autograft, allograft, isograft, split transplant and domino transplants.

Common transplantation surgery procedures

The more common types of transplant performed are heart, lung, kidney, liver, pancreas, intestine, hand, cornea, skin, islets of langerhans (pancreas islet cell), bone marrow, blood transfusions, blood vessels, heart valve and bone.


For a full list of available destinations for transplantation surgery, please refer to the search box to the right.

Useful links

Find more in-depth information on transplantation surgery at:

The British Transplantation Society -

The American Organ Transplant Association -

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Page last updated: Monday, 23rd November 2009