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What should you know about getting a lung transplant for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)?

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IPF is an incurable condition that happens when scarring inside your lungs make it hard to breathe. Lung surgery may help you live longer, but it’s usually only for people who are very ill or getting worse quickly. If you qualify for a transplant, you’ll be put on a waitlist for a donor organ. It’s a major procedure, both physically and emotionally. After the surgery you could be in the hospital for three or more weeks. You’ll take medication for the rest of your life so your body doesn’t reject your new lung dong. You’ll also need regular tests and physical therapy.

SOURCES:

American Thoracic Society: "Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)."

Cleveland Clinic: "Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis."

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis: "Facts About Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis," "What is Pulmonary Fibrosis?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Treated?" "What is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis?" "Living With Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis."

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: "About PF."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on December 11, 2019

SOURCES:

American Thoracic Society: "Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)."

Cleveland Clinic: "Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis."

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis: "Facts About Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis," "What is Pulmonary Fibrosis?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Treated?" "What is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis?" "Living With Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis."

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: "About PF."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on December 11, 2019

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