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.
Depends. Hopefully this will never happen to you. A lot of times, patients can be on a transplant list while not needing a vent. A lot of times, patients on a vent in a hospital can't get a transplant due to a lot of other diseases they have. So, it depends.

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I have COPD and emphysema. What do I need to do to become a candidate for a lung transplant?

Many issues.... To be a good candidate with lung transplant you have to have stopped smoking for 1 year, typically be below the age of 75, have a strong social support system, have no history of cancer within the last 5 years and have good cardiac function. Also you cannot typically have a history of hepatitis, HIV or blood cancer/leukemias. Read more...
Quit smoking first. First thing is to stop smoking and go to see a pulmonologist for a full evaluation and to get referred to a transplant program. Read more...

Could I get a lung transplant for emphysema?

Yes. In fact emphysema/copd is the leading indication for lung transplant in the United States today. Typically patients with COPD are given a single lung but if there is high pressure in the lungs (pulm hypertension) a double lung can be done. One year survival rates are excellent (>90%) but five year survival falls to about 60%. Read more...
Yes. It depends on the severity of your emphysema. There are other options as well like lung volume reduction surgery that you may be a good candidate for. Either way you need to be evaluated by a team of doctors that specialize in treating this type of conditions. Your doctor can refer you to an appropriate lung specialist who can discuss all options with you. Read more...

If I have emphysema, could I get a lung transplant?

Criteria... There are specific criteria for lung transplant. If you meet the criteria, you would then be deemed eligible. You would need to be evaluated by a transplant center to see if you qualify. Since organs are not readily available, the criteria are quite strict, including smoking cessation. See your doctor to discuss this and to proceed with referral, if it is thought that you qualify. Read more...

My mum has emphysema, is 66, can't walk far, stopped smoking 5 years ago and very short of breath. Could she have a lung transplant to save her life?

Maybe. Too complicated a question to answer here. Lung surgery is sometimes done for copd. Lung volume reduction surgery and lung transplant. Neither of these is taken lightly and there are very specific criteria that are generally met before even considering these options. They are not magic cures. Read more...
Evaluation... In order to determine if your mother qualifies for a lung transplant, she would need to be evaluated at a transplant center. This could be done once her doctor thinks she may qualify. There are strict qualifications for transplant given the relative shortage of available organs. Meantime, her treatment can be optimized by a lung doctor to decrease symptoms as much as possible. Read more...

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...