Lung transplantation is an acceptable treatment option for selected patients whose lung function cannot be improved by other means. It has been shown to increase survival of patients and/or improve the quality of life of patients afflicted with certain lung diseases.
Diseases of the lungs for which transplant may be beneficial
A number of diseases can damage the lungs so severely that one or both lungs may need to be replaced by transplant. These include:
- Emphysema (COPD)
- Pulmonary fibrosis (scarring of the lung)
- Cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Other rare conditions may also be considered for transplantation
Patient requirements for lung transplantation
- Patients who are suitable for a lung transplant, need to:
- Have a condition for which transplantation is considered an effective treatment
- Have severe and progressive lung disease that no longer responds to medical treatment
- Be willing to accept the risks of surgery and subsequent medical treatment
- Be physically capable of undergoing surgery and subsequent medical treatment
- Not be smoking or habituated to narcotic medication, alcohol, or recreational drugs
A lung transplant may NOT be appropriate for everyone with lung disease. Even if a patient meets all of these criteria, the transplant team may determine that the patient is not a good candidate — for example, because of severe, coexisting medical conditions that may be worsened by a surgical procedure or powerful anti-rejection drugs.
How to be considered for a lung transplant
For us to evaluate your situation, your doctor needs to send your records to the transplant team so we can review your medical history.
Our team will examine these records and send a written decision to you and your doctor about your eligibility for an initial consultation. If you are going to be seen here, your insurance will first need to be verified. Once that is completed, we will contact you to arrange an appointment.
If your condition is stable, you will have an initial visit at Jewish Hospital to determine whether transplantation is an appropriate therapy for you.