A lung transplant is a surgical procedure to replace a diseased or failing lung with a healthy lung, usually from a deceased donor, but living donor options are occasionally available. Depending on your medical condition, a lung transplant may involve replacing one of your lungs (single-lung transplant) or, for patients with chronic lung infections, often both lungs (double-lung transplant). In some situations, the lungs may be transplanted along with a donor heart (heart-lung transplant).
Who is a candidate for a lung transplant?
Candidates for lung transplants most often are those who have tried other forms of therapy unsuccessfully, have end-stage pulmonary disease or have a short-term likelihood of survival without a transplant. The Transplant Team will walk you though this process and work with your current physician to determine whether or not you are a candidate for lung transplantation.