Number of selected organ transplantations in the U.S. 2018

This statistic shows the number of selected organ transplantations performed in the United States, comparing the years 2008 and 2018. In 2008, the number of heart transplants in the U.S. stood at 2,163. This number increased to 3,440 in 2018.

Organ transplantations in the United States

The number of liver transplants in the United States reached 8,250 cases in 2018, in the same period, there were 2,562 lung transplants. Organ transplants are one of the only methods for treating organ failure. In the U.S., male donors totaled 8,525 and female donors totaled 7,948.

Survival rates are fairly high after the first year, at 90.4 percent for a heart transplant patient, however, survival rates drop after longer follow-up periods, at 58.5 percent after a 10 year follow up period for heart transplant patients. There are several different types of transplants such as an allograft and a domino transplant. An allograft is characterized by transplanting an organ or tissue to a different person, the rejection of the organ will likely occur where the recipient’s immune system will attempt to destroy the foreign organ. Risk of rejection must be carefully measured and calculated prior to the procedure.

Kidney transplants are one of the most common type of transplants, with 12,088 kidneys recovered in the U.S. in 2017, in comparison to 1,005 pancreases in the same period. It is also the most common type of transplant worldwide. Kidneys can also be donated by a living donor with good health.

Number of selected organ transplantations in the United States in 2008 and 2018

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Release date

September 2019


United States

Survey time period

2008 and 2018

Supplementary notes

* Values added from the 2009 ONT report.

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