A lung transplant is a surgical procedure to replace and transplant a diseased or failing lung with a healthy lung, usually from a deceased donor.
A lung transplant is a surgical procedure to replace and transplant a diseased or failing lung with a healthy lung, usually from a deceased donor. A lung transplant is reserved for people to improve the quality of life and help the patients to breathe easily and extend the lifespan for people who have severe or advanced chronic lung conditions. This treatment is the last resort when other medications or treatments have not worked and patient conditions haven’t sufficiently improved.
Your doctor may recommend a Lung transplant when the lung is failing because of any of the below-mentioned disease:
The most common lung diseases for which people undergo lung transplant are:
Before performing the actual surgery your doctor will recommend a few tests to assess whether you are medically fit to take the operation or not. Some of these tests include:
Also, you will be asked to stop smoking and drinking alcohol and do not put on weight. Follow your exercise regime which you learned during pulmonary rehabilitation.
During the procedure, the transplant team will first explain you the procedure in detail and resolve any other queries that you might have. You will be advised to stop eating or drinking for 8 hours before the surgery.
The following steps will happen once the operation begins.
In some of the cases, a double lung transplant is required; in that case, a heart-lung bypass machine will be connected to you.
After lung transplantation surgery you will be closely monitored in ICU for about 3 to 5 days. You will be placed on a ventilator to help you breathe effectively. There’s a tube in the chest, inserted during the procedure that will help you in draining fluids from lungs and heart. Usually the patient gets discharged in 10 to 15 days after the surgery. Later, the patient is asked to have frequent consultations along with a few other tests like blood tests, chest X-Ray, ECG for almost 3 months. Smoking and alcohol consumption are strictly disallowed to the patient. Other Immunosuppressant’s and blood-thinning medications are give that have to be taken for the rest of the life.
Liver transplant is a complex surgery and it involves several risks and complications. Major risks include:
|Procedure||Cost in USD||Stay in Hospital||Stay in India||Total Days|
|Lung Transplant||60000||15 days||30 days||45|