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Traveling Before Surgery

Waiting List | Matching a Donor | Traveling | Notification

Some people think they must stay close to home while they are waiting for their transplant. This is not always the case. If you are traveling before a heart transplant surgery, you should first check with your primary physician. Before your trip, you must call the transplant office at (914) 493-7632 and notify your transplant coordinator of your plans. We will need to know:

  • The dates of your departure and return
  • Where you are traveling
  • Telephone numbers where you can be reached, especially if you will be out of signal range on your pager.

Remember, if a donor heart becomes available during your trip, you will need to travel to Westchester from your location. Therefore, to avoid delay, you should make transportation arrangements to get to Westchester from your destination before you leave for your trip. Making these arrangements in advance will save time if you are called about a donor heart during your trip and is your responsibility.

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