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What happens after a lung transplant?

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The time it takes to get better after a lung transplant depends on the person. You may leave the hospital within a week. But it’s not that unusual to be in the hospital for 2 weeks or more after lung transplant surgery.

The weeks after lung transplant are busy, filled with activities intended to ensure long-term success. These include:

Many transplant centers offer temporary housing nearby for patients and their families to make the frequent visits easier.

  • Regular physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises
  • Education sessions to learn a complicated new lifelong medication plan
  • Frequent visits to the doctor
  • Regular tests of lung function, chest X-rays, blood tests, and procedures like bronchoscopy

From: Lung Transplant WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010.  Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Yusen, R.D. 2010; vol 4: pp 1047-1068. American Journal of Transplantation,

Ahmad, S. 2011; vol 139: pp 402-411. CHEST,

Todd, J.L. , 2010; vol 31: pp 365-372. Seminars in Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine

Boffini M. , 2010; vol 16: pp 53-61. Current Opinion in Critical Care

Yusen, R.D. , 2009; vol 15: pp 128-136. Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society

The International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation web site: “Registries -- Heart/Lung Registries Quarterly Data Report.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 4, 2017

SOURCES:

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010.  Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Yusen, R.D. 2010; vol 4: pp 1047-1068. American Journal of Transplantation,

Ahmad, S. 2011; vol 139: pp 402-411. CHEST,

Todd, J.L. , 2010; vol 31: pp 365-372. Seminars in Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine

Boffini M. , 2010; vol 16: pp 53-61. Current Opinion in Critical Care

Yusen, R.D. , 2009; vol 15: pp 128-136. Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society

The International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation web site: “Registries -- Heart/Lung Registries Quarterly Data Report.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 4, 2017

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