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What does recovery from a lung transplant look like?

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It can take weeks or months to recover. After surgery, you'll recover in the hospital for up to 3 weeks. You'll need to cough to clear fluid from your lungs. You'll also do breathing exercises.

For 3 months after your surgery, your doctor will test your blood and lungs to make sure your body doesn't reject your new lung or you don't get any infections. You'll take medicines for the rest of your life to help prevent this from happening.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Treated," "What Is a Lung Transplant?"

American Lung Association: "Pulmonary Fibrosis: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment."

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: "Treatment Options."

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Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Treated," "What Is a Lung Transplant?"

American Lung Association: "Pulmonary Fibrosis: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment."

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: "Treatment Options."

FDA.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

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