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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. Sanjiv Kaul
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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

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