Does a successful lung transplant completely get rid of the lung problems for cystic fibrosis patients?

It may. Or you could trade one set of problems for another - even successful lung transplants eventually develop obliterative bronchiolitis after a period of time. Be sure that you meet some post transplant patients who are successful, and compare your quality of life to theirs - if your treatment regimen is oppressive and your lung function is bad enough, you may be better of after a transplant.
Yes. A successful double lung transplant gets rid of pulmonary problems for cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. However, all of the other CF issues persist (chronic sinusitis, pancreatic insufficiency, fertility issues, diabetes). The average five year survival for patients who have CF who undergo transplant is around 55-65%.
Unfortunately, no. some cases of cystic fibrosis are much more serious and others – some affect the liver as well as lungs. The cystic fibrosis association warns that transplantation may add years but it is not a cure.
CF. A successful lung transplantation will treat CF lung disease, but not other aspects of the disease, such as sinus disease. A patient will still have cf, but typically will not have to continue their usual CF medications for the treatment of lung disease/ the sinusitis associated with CF can predispose the patient to possible infections with pseudomonas. The first year rate of success is around 90%.

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Does a double lung transplant completely eliminate lung problems for cystic fibrosis patients?

It should. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition causing significant lung dysfunction. A double lung transplantation replaces the native lungs with supposedly normal lungs, eliminating the problem, but replacing it with problems directly related to transplanted lungs, i.e. Chronic rejection or bronchiolitis obliterans. Read more...
CF Transplantation. A double lung transplantation for CF does treat CF lung disease, but the patient still has cystic fibrosis, affecting other organs, including the GI tract and sinuses. There are a number of lung problems that can develop after surgery, including infections. The treatment regimen will be very different from your usual CF regimen and will include medications to prevent rejection. Read more...

If I have cystic fibrosis and get a lung transplant, will the disease eventually invade my new lungs?

No. The risk to the transplanted lungs are infection from bacteria left over from the old lungs, and acute and chronic rejection of the new lung by the body. Cystic fibrosis is a defect that is limited to the old lungs. Read more...
It can. Lung transplant for CF is an important life prolonging therapy but it exchanges one set of problems for another. After transplant, there is risk of rejection of the transplanted lungs by one's own immune system requiring use of strong meds that suppress your immune system which then increases your risk of serious infections. There are many facets to this - talk to your CF dr to discuss pros/cons. Read more...
Trachea still CF. The graft of new lungs does leave a trachea that still has the CF defect. This can serve as a source of infection to the new lungs. The new transplanted lungs though will not have CF disease. Read more...

How can you expect life to bevfor a person with cystic fibrosis after a lung transplant?

Varies. Not everyone has a similar experience post lung transplant. In general, respiratory symptoms and breathing, overall improve, and people are able to do activities they were not able to do before as easily. Not all respiratory symptoms go away. Various medications are required and close follow up is mandatory. Survival after lung transplantation is ~ 50% at 5 years. Read more...
Varies. Depending on how good the match was, the quality of the donated lungs, the fit between the lungs and the patient, and their tolerance for and compliance with the transplant drug regimen, life can be very good or very short. Additionally, some luck is needed - avoiding chronic infections with aspirgillus, cmv, etc is always an issue with transplantation, and it may be more difficult in cf. Read more...

Would getting a lung transplant let someone with cystic fibrosis play sports?

Yes. Lung transplantation is a very important treatment option for people with cystic fibrosis that is severely limiting their physical ability. If successful, and it usually is, lung transplantation can offer a person with cystic fibrosis a renewed chance to regain the ability and energy to do many activities that others without this condition take for granted, including some sports. Read more...
CF Transplantation. A lung transplantation of both the right and left lung is performed to improve life expectancy of the CF patient. If the transplanted lungs are functioning well, you should be able to participate in non contact sports. Your transplantation division will follow up with you closely to monitor lung function and your overall health. Read more...

Will a lung transplant help with cystic fibrosis?

Yes. A lung transplant will help with the pulmonary problems of cf, but not with the other systemic problems of cf. Lung tx can increase the longevity and quality of life, but at the expense of many medications and visits to the doctor. As the lungs get damage from cf, one may need a lung transplant. Your doctors will be able to guide you on the timing for a lung transplant. Read more...

Is lung transplant really worthwhile for cystic fibrosis? I've heard that less than 1% benefit from the procedure?

Yes it is. Lung transplant for end-stage CF lung disease is worthwhile, the results and survival rates are encouraging, but please ask experts in CF accredited centers who can better inform you about patient selection criteria, wish you wellness. Read more...