1. At $1,206,000 – An Intestine Transplant
Cancer, severe infection, or trauma of the intestines are several of the reasons why a patient may be considered a candidate for the replacement of their gastro-intestinal tract. In part because this is the largest organ in the body, the surgery itself can take up to a day to complete. This coupled with an intensive post-operative recovery period is what accounts for the costly nature of this procedure.
2. At $1,148,400 – A Heart-Lung Transplant
A heart-lung transplant is as dangerous as it is costly. Extensive diagnostic and laboratory tests, as well as an extensive follow up procedure in addition to the surgery itself, puts the procedure out of reach for many who may wish to consider it.
3. At $997,000 – A Heart Transplant
A heart transplant is a high risk procedure, which involves both specialized equipment and a highly skilled surgeon to perform it. Recipients of a new heart will then be required to undergo extensive follow-up, and require the use of medications which are extremely costly.