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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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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 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How does the operation work for a lung transplant?

How does the operation work for a lung transplant?

Works like old lung: The transplanted lung is placed into the chest and attached to the bronchial tree and the pulmonary artery and veins. Air enters the new lung and oxygen is extracted into the blood stream just like in the natural lung. ...Read more

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With lung transplantation what is involved in having the surgery?

With  lung transplantation what is involved in having the surgery?

Long surgery: The surgery takes between 4-8 hours depending if it is a single or bilateral lung transplant. The surgeons will cut the pulmonary artery, vein and the main bronchi and attach the new lung into those vessels. It is a long surgery and for sure high risk procedure. ...Read more

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A second lung transplant surgery, should I be concerned?

A second lung transplant surgery, should I be concerned?

Always with reason: There is always the attendant risk of surgery, and anesthesia, and since it is your second you have been on immunosuppression and you have to be more careful with infections and sometimes you are simply weaker. It is needed and I am sure your doctors are always doing their best. I wish you all the luck and as always, i always pray for everyone. ...Read more

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For what could they do a lung transplant surgery?

For what could they do a lung transplant surgery?

ESLD: End stage lung disease, this includes copd, cystic fibrosis, brochilitis obliterans, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, primary pulmonary hypertension, alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency related emphysema. ...Read more

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What the success rate of a lung transplant surgery?

What the success rate of a lung transplant surgery?

Survival data: Very good at 1 year with average us survival of 90 percent. This falls to 50 percent at five years and 10 percent survival at 10 years. That said there are patients who have lived twenty plus years after a lung transplant. ...Read more

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Do people ever have a second lung transplant surgery?

Yes: Depending on their health and reason for the failure of the first transplant people can receive second lung transplants. ...Read more

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Will having lung transplant surgery effect your singing voice?

Will having lung transplant surgery effect your singing voice?

Maybe: The surgery itself may damage your vocal cords through manipulation for the intubation and subsequent intensive care; also the new lung may have a different capacity for the volume of singing, once you recover. Good luck! ...Read more

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Emphysema. Up to what age can they do a lung transplant surgery?

Emphysema. Up to what age can they do a lung transplant surgery?

65: Most centers have an upper age of 65, but this can vary slightly depending on underlying health (co-morbidities) and accuracy of the match. ...Read more

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My father has gone under a lung transplant surgery and he's not able to sleep and he's nauseous everyday. Can eating some cannabinoid edibles help him?

My father has gone under a lung transplant surgery and he's not able to sleep and he's nauseous everyday. Can eating some cannabinoid edibles help him?

NO!!: Cannabis has effects on the immune system that could be potentially a problem for anybody who has had a transplant and is on anti-rejection drugs which already compromise the immune system. In addition, it has potential drug interactions. There is a prescription drug, marinol, that his doctors could prescribe if they feel it is appropriate. This should be something he should discuss with his doc. ...Read more

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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... ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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/ ...Read more

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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