Anesthesia for Organ Transplant

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
A man in a hospital bed recovering from anesthesia for an organ transplant.

If you are nervous about going under anesthesia, you might feel better to know that anesthesiologists are focused on making sure surgery patients are as safe and comfortable as possible. If you or a loved one is undergoing an organ transplant, that work starts long before the day of surgery.

"Our role does not really start and end in the operating room,” says Ranjit Deshpande, MD, Yale Medicine's director of transplant anesthesiology. Anesthesiologists are deeply involved in the entire transplant process, even working with the transplant team to make sure each new patients is an appropriate candidate for transplant, then following patients through surgery and recovery.