Surgery may be needed to treat complications of cystic fibrosis. Procedures may include:
- Lung transplant , for people who have severe lung disease.
- Chest tube drainage and possible thoracoscopy, to treat a collapsed lung (pneumothorax).
- Repair of an intestine that has collapsed inside itself or removal of a bowel obstruction.
- Removal of nasal polyps or endoscopic sinus surgery.
What to think about
Lung transplant surgery is generally recommended only for people who have severe lung damage, because the risks can be greater than the benefits. Not everyone is a good candidate for an organ transplant. If tests show that you are a good candidate, you are put on a waiting list. You may have to wait days, months, or years for your transplant. Be patient, and ask your doctor what you can do while you're waiting. Guidelines from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) are intended to shorten the wait time for donor lungs.
For more information on transplants, see the topic Organ Transplant.