A lung transplant is an effective treatment of disease that has destroyed most of the lung function. For people with severe lung disease, a transplant can bring back easier breathing and provide years of life.
First and foremost, you will undergo certain tests to see if you are eligible for the transplant
During an evaluation, your doctors and transplant team may review your medical history, conduct a physical examination, order several tests, and evaluate your mental and emotional health.
Once cleared, the transplant center will register you and place your name on a waiting list.
While you’re on the waiting list, your medical team will closely monitor your condition and alter your treatment as needed.
Your doctor may recommend healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and avoiding tobacco.
It may take months or even years before a suitable donor becomes available, but you must be prepared to act quickly when one does.
You’ll need to spend several days in the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU).
Recovery often involves a one- to three-week hospital stay.
Your lung function will need to be monitored by the lung transplant team for about three months after you leave the hospital.
You will need to make several long-term adjustments after your transplant, like taking immunosuppressants, managing medications, therapies and a lifelong care plan, living a healthy lifestyle, and a lot of emotional support.
May take several months to recover completely.