Organs may be transported hundreds or thousands of miles to reach recipients waiting in transplant centers thanks to advances in medical technology and improved preservation techniques. Approximate preservation times are:

  • Heart/lung: 4 to 6 hours
  • Pancreas: 12 to 24 hours
  • Liver: Up to 24 hours
  • Kidneys: 48 to 72 hours
  • Corneas: Must be transplanted within 5 to 7 days
  • Heart valves, skin, bone, saphenous veins: 3 to 10 years