Lung Transplant

A lung transplant is a surgical procedure to replace a failing lung with a healthy lung, usually from a deceased donor. A lung transplant is reserved for people who have tried other medications or treatments, but their conditions haven’t sufficiently improved. Depending on your medical condition, a lung transplant may involve replacing one of your lungs or both of them. In some situations, the lungs may be transplanted along with a donor heart. While a lung transplant is a major operation that can involve many complications, it can improve your health and quality of life. When faced with a decision about having a lung transplant, know what to expect of the lung transplant process, the surgery itself, potential risks and follow-up care.
Lung damage can often be treated with medication or with special breathing devices. But when these measures no longer help or your lung function becomes life-threatening, your doctor might suggest a single-lung transplant or a double-lung transplant.
A variety of diseases and conditions can damage your lungs and hinder their ability to function effectively, including:
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema, Scarring of the lungs (pulmonary fibrosis), Sarcoidosis, Pulmonary hypertension, Lymphangioleiomyomatosis, Severe bronchiectasis, Cystic fibrosis, Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.