All About Transplantation

This part of the Save Lives Tomorrow webpage contains general information to others who are awaiting an organ and tissue transplantation, as well as those who have already given the gift of life. The Transplant Program for the Government of Ontario is overseen and managed by Save Lives Tomorrow in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Among the responsibilities are:

  • Collaborating with key system stakeholders to create and execute standards of care for all patients.
  • Making preparations to satisfy the needs of present and future transplant recipients.
  • To guarantee that accountability metrics for transplantation operations are linked, the system is directed, monitored, and overseen.
  • Identifying standards for continual development in collaboration with important transplant organizations and professionals.

We strive to raise awareness of the importance of organ transplantation and donation by utilizing electronic information and technology to assist health care providers in improving safety, reliability, and effectiveness.

What is a Transplant?

A transplant is a surgical procedure in which an organ or tissue is taken from one individual and transferred to a recipient to substitute a defective organ or tissue.

An organ is a body part composed of various tissue types that serve a specific purpose. A tissue is made up of a group of similar cells that work together to fulfill a certain task.

There are numerous diseases that impair organs and tissues to the extent that they need transplantation, but not everyone who is sick needs one.

Organ Transplants

The heart, kidney, liver, small bowel, pancreas, and lung are all organs that can be donated.

One or both diseased lungs can be replaced with a lung transplant. Lungs can be donated by either a dead or a living person.

If you have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, primary pulmonary hypertension, cystic fibrosis, or interstitial lung disorders, among many other conditions, a transplant may be indicated.

The 6 Steps of The Transplant Process

Step 1: Diagnosis and Referral

Step 2: Assessment for Suitability

Step 3: The Waitlist

Step 4: Managing Patient Care

Step 5: Planning Ahead

Step 6: Post-Transplant Care and Follow-up

Preparing for Transplant

Despite the fact that the waitlist for a life-saving or life-changing transplant keeps on growing, transplantation success rates increase year after year.

If you have questions about the tissue/organ transplant waiting list or progress of your transplantation process, don’t be hesitant to ask your transplant center’s patient’s care.