I am waiting for a double lung transplant. What should I do to prepare?

Keep fit. Follow all the instructions you get from the transplant center where you are listed for transplant. Exercise maintain your nutrition don't smoke check in with your doctors regularly, and especially if you get a respiratory infection.
Mgt. I agree, if you can maintain or improve your weight and nutritional status, and strengthen your respiratory muscles, this will help in your recovery.

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What do you suggest if my dad needs a double lung transplant but possibly a kidney transplant first aswho are waiting for a transplant, actually get one in time?

Coordination. I would suggest checking with the transplantation center and asking for clarification regarding listing. In order to perform the lung transplantation, good renal function is needed. Some of the medications used in management after transplantation may affect kidney function, so this is an important clinical issue. Read more...

My father needs a double lung transplant but possibly a kidney transplant first. Do people who are waiting for a transplant, actually get one in time?

Sometimes. There are far more people on transplant lists than organs available. Some people will die waiting for transplants, which has lead to investigation into other options for treatment. of patients, with multiple other medical problems, are likely to wind up at the bottom of those lists. Read more...

My mother needs a double lung transplant but possibly a kidney transplant first aswho are waiting for a transplant, actually get one in time?

Donor lack. Your mother may be in the late 60's or be physiologically too old to be a candidate for those transplants. Your transplant surgeon is the only one to know. Unfortunately every year many transplant candidates never actually get to have any transplant because of lack of suitable donors in a timely fashion. Read more...

My brother just had a double lung transplant. What are his chances?

Excellent. One year survival is > 90%, and the 5 year survival over 60% and perhaps better depending on the reason he was transplanted we wish him the best of luck. Read more...
Management info. The transplantation decision is very complex, and I hope that he does well. Monitoring for infection and rejection are major parts of the management. Avoiding open soil, gardens and construction sites will help reduce the colonization of fungus in the airway. One year survival is over 90% at most centers. Read more...
Good. The median (50%) survival for a lung transplant is approximalty 5 1/2 years accoridng to the registry, apteitns who undergo double lung transplant have a 7 year median survial as do patietn who are younger. THe most common cause of death is graft failure (25% of all mortality) and is most common in the first 30 days follwoing transplant. Read more...

My child has to have a double lung transplant. What are possible complications?

Multiple risks. Risks can be extensive, but when you are a candidate for a lung transplant, it means your lung function is quite poor and your long term chances of survival are better with the risks of transplant. These include respiratory failure, bleeding, infection, need for prolonged mechanical ventilation, cardiac dysfunction and arrythmias, stroke, rejection of your organs, and death among others. Read more...
Center can provide. The decision to have a lung transplantation is complex. There are numerous complications that can occur, but many patients do well. The one year survival following transplantation is typically 90% at most centers. Your transplant center can provide their complication rate and survival statistics to you for your child's particular lung disease, age and condition. Read more...

How does one get a double lung transplant?

Get on list. The first step is to find out if you need a lung transplant. Second would be to find out if you would benefit from one. The third would be to get on a transplant list. Next would come waiting until organs became available. The path starts with visiting your pulmonary doctor or primary physician and asking about it. Read more...
Transplant center. You need to go to a lung transplant center who can evaluate you for the need and candidacy of a lung transplant. They will determine if you are a candidate for single or double lung transplant. Read more...

What percentage of people receive a double lung transplant in time?

Depends. It depends on disease, center too.....for example....idiopathic. Pulmonary fibrosis....its little more than 50%.....COPD.....little less than 50%....it also depends how severe the end organ damage is. Read more...

Is it possible for life return to complete normal after a double lung transplant?

Good . But not "normal" extra medications and some need for exams, attention to details, and avoidance of smoke, inhalation of toxic substances etc. Read more...
Yes. The goal of lung transplantation is to improve respiratory symptoms. As long as the transplanted lungs function normally, you should be able to do most of what you could do prior to onset of symptoms. Read more...