People Waiting… 111,523 people waiting for a lung in the U.S. per year
People Died… 6,570 people died while waiting for a lung in the U.S. per year
Medical Conditions No longer perform their vital function of exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide End-stage lung disease and are expected to live less than 2 years Lack of oxygen No other surgery will help them
Donating a LungDisqualify someone from donating a lung Not in good general health Not 18-55 years old A smoker Not as tall as the recipient Not a match with the recipient’s blood type
Receiving a Lung Disqualify someone from receiving a lung Too sick Smoker Less than 65 years old
Where can this procedure be done? John Hopkins Hospital Stanford Hospital Temple Lung Hospital
How long is this surgical procedure? The operation itself takes anywhere from 4 to 8 hours. The transplant is much more complicated. When the organ becomes available, it may take 24 to 48 hours before you actually go into the hospital room to have the procedure. The operation itself takes 4 to 8 hours.
Cost of transplant? For the recipient, the whole procedure costs around $366,000. For the donor, the cost is included in the insurance of the family receiving the organ.
Do you need to be dead or alive to donate? Organ transplants are only permitted when the donor is dead. Living donors are only permitted to donate paired organs, such as a kidney or lung. They can also donate fluids and tissues that can regenerate, such as blood, bone marrow, and parts of a lung.
Anti-rejection drugs The most common drugs prescribed to prevent organ rejection are cyclosporine, prednisone, azathioprine, tacrolimus, sirolimus and thymoglobulin.
Any Restrictions on lifestyle?Recovery takes several monthsDo not lift anything over 5 poundsAvoid driving for 6 weeksGradually increase physical activitySmoke-free zones
Post Operative Therapy Spend time in the intensive care unit (ICU) Wear special stockings on your feet and legs to prevent blood clots Shots to prevent blood clots Receive pain medicine that goes through your veins and different medications Stay close to the hospital for the first 3 months