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Dr. Ira Katz
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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How long does a lung transplant operation take?

How long does a lung transplant operation take?

Depends: There are various reasons why the time may vary such as prior scarring in the chest, prior transplants, bleeding, one or two lungs, etc. Most cases are 5-6 hours.

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How long can someone with a lung transplant live?

How long can someone with a lung transplant live?

Depends: The national average survival at one year is about 84% and at 3 years about 71%. That does not mean that you cannot live longer. We have a patient alive at 20 years after lung transplantation. But that is the exception... Many things affect survival after lung transplantation. Some of those things we can control, others we cannot...

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How long do people usually live after a double-lung transplant if cf?

How long do people usually live after a double-lung transplant if cf?

CF: That would depend on the condition of the patient prior to the transplant and other conditions the patient suffers from. For example if he or she suffers from diabetes then life expectancy would be less. Best to talk directly with a surgeon or transplant center to get their mortality results.

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How long do people live after lung transplant surgery?

How long do people live after lung transplant surgery?

It varies: It is too variable to answer accurately; my patient with a combined heart lung transplant is over 14 years and he is still going strong.

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How long does a standard single lung transplant surgery take?

How long does a standard single lung transplant surgery take?

Lung Transplant: Having a lung transplantation involves a commitment to taking medications and management of possible infection and rejection episodes. The surgery itself may take a few hours, but then there is a recovery time, and close follow up visits with your transplant specialist.

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My uncle is 72, has ephysema, no longer smokes, & needs a lung transplant, but his health is too poor to survive surgery. What is his life expectancy?

My uncle is 72, has ephysema, no longer smokes, & needs a lung transplant, but his health is too poor to survive surgery. What is his life expectancy?

Unknown.: At 72 even in better health, he is probably not a candidate for a lung transplantation. Depending on the severity of the emphysema, he may be a candidate for lung volume reduction surgery although this is not recommended in patients with severe disease. Medications are recommended and should be continued. No one can actually predict life expectancy with copd. Lack of smoking, good nutrition.

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How long are you out of work after a heart and lung transplant?

How long are you out of work after a heart and lung transplant?

Hard to be precise: The question has a lot of contingencies based on the overall health of the recipient, the type of employment, the age of the recipient, any rejection, etc. In general it takes 1-2 months to stabilize and recover after a thoracic organ transplant., and considerations about return to work can begin after that approximate time.

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I have emphysema. How long do you live on a vent if you need a lung transplant?

I have emphysema. How long do you live on a vent if you need a lung transplant?

Lung transplant: You don't necessarily need to be on a vent if you need a lung transplant. Patients typically placed on a transplant list have severe emphysema and are 65 or younger. They cannot be smoking and other medical problems need to be minimal. Patients on prolonged mechanical ventilation are quite advanced and may not be considered candidates for transplants if the primary pulmonary issue is emphysema.

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For how long do people with end stage cystic fibrosis usually survive after a lung transplant?

For how long do people with end stage cystic fibrosis usually survive after a lung transplant?

Long enough to: Have a meaningful and purposeful life. The statistics show that over 67% of people who receive a lung transplant are alive and well five years later and more than half of those ten years later. Because the lungs do not carry the mutation, all lung symptoms are gone. You would still have the effect of CF in other organs, however so would still work with the CF team. Read this https://www. Cff. Org/CF-Community-Blog/Posts/2017/Finding-New-Purpose-After-Getting-New-Lungs/

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How long would someone with cystic fibrosis be expected to live after a double lung transplant?

How long would someone with cystic fibrosis be expected to live after a double lung transplant?

Averages: At one year 90 percent of CF patients are alive after lung transplant; the number falls to around 60% at 5 years and 10-15% at 10 years. Double lung transplant patients tend to do better than single lung transplant recipients (probably because they have more reserve if they develop rejection).

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My mother suffered from a rare form of copd. She received a lung transplant which eventually rejected. For the last few months my right lung has been hurting off and on. Not bad enough to seek medical attention, but I do wonder if COPD is genetic.?

My mother suffered from a rare form of copd. She received a lung transplant which eventually rejected. For the last few months my right lung has been hurting off and on. Not bad enough to seek medical attention, but I do wonder if COPD is genetic.?

Genetic form...: There is an inherited form of COPD called alpha-1-anti trypsin deficiency. It is caused by an enzyme deficiency and treatment involves enzyme replacement. It is diagnosed by a blood test that your family practice doctor can order. Patients with this disorder develop COPD at a younger age and smoking accelerates the process. See your doctor for testing!

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What is the definition or description of: lung transplantation?

What is the definition or description of: lung transplantation?

Transferring a lung: Removing the entire lung (or both) from a deceased individual, taking out the diseased lungs of another, and replacing them with the transplanted lung (s). In rare cases a small piece of a lung has been used from a living person to transplant to another such as a parent to a child.

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How can one get a lung transplant?

How can one get a lung transplant?

Get on list: You must be listed with a transplant center to get a transplant. If you are sick enough to need one and your lung disease is one that can be treated with transplantation. You cn have you pulmonary doctor refer ou to a transplant center for evaluation.

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Is there such a thing as lung transplant?

Yes: Over 1800 were done in the United States in 2011. Either one or both lungs are used from a deceased donor.

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How should I prepare for a lung transplant?

How should I prepare for a lung transplant?

Keep fit.: It really depends on your current condition and the reason you need a new lung. In general you should should eat a balanced diet and keep up your nutrition, exercise as much as possible, and be sure you tell your doctors about fevers, chills, changes in breathing or bowel habits.

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What is longevity rate after lung transplant?

What is longevity rate after lung transplant?

Survival: Average (median) survival after lung transplant is about 5.5 years. Various factors affect survival including single vs. Double lung transplant, age, and diagnosis (reason for transplant). There is also less likelihood of survival if the recipient is on ventilator, hospitalized or dialysis dependent prior to transplant.

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How difficult is it to get a lung transplant?

Can be difficult: Patients with a number of different diseases can qualify for lung transplants. It can be difficult however, because patients must be "sick enough" to qualify for the surgery, but "healthy enough" to tolerate it and the anti-rejection medication. Patients have to have a lot of testing prior to being placed on transplant list and may need to undergo some pulmonary rehabilitation as well.

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. Fernando Torres
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Lung Transplantation (Definition)

Removing the entire lung (or both) from a deceased individual, taking out the diseased lungs of another, and replacing them with the transplanted lung (s). In rare cases a small piece of a lung has been used from a living person to transplant to another such as a ...Read more