Heart transplantation in process!
This doctor holds in his hands a donor heart and places it into the recipient's thoracic cavity.
Believe it or not, heart transplantation is a relatively simple operation for a cardiac surgeon.
Today, this operation basically involves the creation of only five lines of stitches, or "anastomoses". These suture lines connect the large blood vessels entering and leaving the heart. Remarkably, if there are no complications, most patients who have had a heart transplant are home about one week after the surgery.