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.
I'm a liver surgeon. I'm actually a liver surgeon with 10 years experience in liver transplantation. However patients are transplanted based their severity of illness. Organs are shared over a 250 mile radius. This is a carefully timed process. Once the donor lungs are viewed and deemed usable, the recipient operation to remove the lungs begins.

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How long does a lung transplant operation take?

Depends. For single lung transplant 2-6 hours; for double lung transplant 4-8 hours (averages in the US). Read more...
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...

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...

What the success rate of a lung transplant surgery?

About 85 to 90% firs. About 85 to 90% first year survival at busy elite centers. Read more...
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...