Lung transplantation

Lung transplantation, or pulmonary transplantation, is a surgical procedure in which a patient's diseased lungs are partially or totally replaced by lungs which come from a donor. Donor lungs can be retrieved from a living donor or a deceased donor. A living donor can only donate one lung lobe.

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How long will I have to wait for new lungs?

Based on the current scenario, approximately 3-4 months for a single lung transplantation and three years for two lungs.

What is the life expectancy after lung transplantation?

The life expectancy after a lung transplantation can vary between 5 - 10 years or more.

What is the age limit for a Lung transplantation?

The usual age limit for lung transplantation is 65 years and below.

How long does it take to recover from a lung transplantation?

It takes 3 to 6 months to fully recover from a lung transplantation.

How much does a lung transplantation cost?

The cost usually depends on a range of factors. This can only be quoted upon meeting the transplant coordinator.

What to expect from a lung transplantation surgery?

As you recover from your transplantation, we will help you monitor your health and understand complications that may occur. After the transplantation, you may have weekly hospital visits for the first few months and then less frequent visits over time. You may also be asked to take a few tests like chest X-rays and pulmonary function tests. Bronchoscopy and CT scans of the chest will also be done in longer intervals.


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