Treatments & Procedures

There are a number of different causes of multiple organ failure that may eventually lead to the need for a multi-organ transplant. One common cause is amyloidosis, a multisystem disease that develops after organs and tissues are infiltrated by abnormally shaped proteins.

At the Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center, a leader in the field of multi-organ transplants, members of our multidisciplinary team will first conduct a detailed health evaluation and assessment in order to get an accurate picture of the severity of your condition and your fitness for surgery.
During the evaluation, you will meet with a financial counselor to review your insurance coverage and discuss the financial considerations associated with a multi-organ  transplant. You will meet with a social worker who will conduct an evaluation to ensure that you and your family are emotionally prepared for the stress that often accompanies the transplant process.

While on the Wait List
When a patient is accepted by a transplant program, he or she is put on a national computer wait list kept by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to ensure that all patients in need of a transplant are given fair access to donor organs. Rules, called allocation policies, have been established to determine how transplant candidates are ranked on the wait list for each type of organ.

Once you are on the list, your wait for a donor organ begins. You need to be ready to receive a transplant from the time you are placed on the list. You will be seen in the transplant clinic frequently for labs and follow-up appointments. During the waiting period, you and your caregivers are encouraged to attend our education classes on the transplant process. 

When suitable donor organs become available, the transplants need to take place as soon as possible, so you must be ready to go to the hospital as soon as you receive the call. You need to pre-arrange reliable transportation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, keep all your medications and records together in one place and have a bag packed to help you get on your way quickly.

The Transplant Surgery
Before your surgery, your anesthesiologist will talk with you and explain what will occur during the surgery. You will be given general anesthesia so you will be asleep. 

The length of your surgery will depend on the number and types of organs being transplanted.

After the Transplant Surgery
After surgery, you will be taken to the intensive care unit’s transplant recovery area. We will help you manage any pain you may experience after surgery. Most patients find their pain decreases within a day or two of surgery. Getting out of bed and walking may help reduce pain.

Your stay in the hospital will last as long as your transplant team feels is necessary.

Going Home and Staying Healthy
You will continue your recovery at home after leaving the hospital; during the first eight weeks, your daily activities will be limited, including not lifting anything more than 10 pounds. You may return to most normal activities within a few months.

Our team will monitor your progress during recovery, so you must be available for clinic appointments and lab tests; this way, we can determine how well your new organs are working. 

About a year after surgery, your required number of visits to the transplant clinic will most likely decrease in frequency. 

To take care of your new organs for the long term, we will work with you to create a healthy diet and exercise plan, one that will help you regain your strength and reduce the risks of potential diseases that pose a risk to your new organs.

Read more about what to expect regarding the general transplant process and what issues you will need to address once you return home after your transplant.


Our physicians specialize in multi-organ transplants at the following locations:

Our physicians conduct pre and posttransplant evaluations at the following convenient locations.