Lung Transplant

Evaluation & Treatment

Step 1: Evaluation

A lung transplant evaluation is extensive. It requires many tests and examinations to determine your need and it is different for each patient. But we will be there with you every step of the way, informing you of your test results and the next steps. You will meet with your entire medical team, which includes your transplant pulmonologist, your surgeon, your transplant nurse coordinator, procurement nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, physical therapists, dietitians, clinical pharmacists, financial coordinators, chaplains, psychologists and others. They will instruct on the various steps in the transplant process.

What you can do

  • Talk to your coordinators about any concerns you may have. Call (708) 327-5864 or (800) 424-6313 to speak with a representative.
  • Learn more about lung transplantation in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Step 2: While You Wait

Waiting for a transplant can be a stressful time because you don’t know how long you will have to wait. Nonetheless, there are important steps you can take to ensure you are ready for surgery. You will continue to be under your transplant pulmonologist’s care. During this time you should take care of your health, following your exercise plan and dietary guidelines. You should also keep your scheduled appointments so your medical team can gauge your state of health and assess any changes. Many transplant candidates find it beneficial to take part in support groups. It is extremely important during this time that you keep your medical team informed of any changes in address, insurance, phone numbers or vacation plans. Your transplant team must be able to reach you within a moment’s notice so they must always have current contact numbers for you.

What you can do

  • Take care of your health.
  • Join a support group.
  • Keep your appointments.
  • Keep your medical team informed. Call (708) 327-5864 or (800) 424-6313 to speak with a representative.
  • Learn more about lung transplantation in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Step 3: Operation

Then the good news arrives! A lung has been offered. Your medical team will make the arrangements for the surgery and your hospital stay. Your procurement nurse will inform you and your family about where you should go and when to arrive. You will undergo a few final tests and then go into surgery. The operation usually lasts about 4 to 6 hours, but this varies from patient to patient.

What you can do

  • Follow all instructions from your nurses and doctors.
  • Communicate any concerns you may have with your medical team. Call (708) 327-5864 or (800) 424-6313 to speak with a representative.
  • Learn more about lung transplantation in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Step 4: Recovery

Your doctors and nurses will monitor you very closely after surgery. You will also need to do some deep breathing exercises and coughing to help prevent any complications. Physical therapists will work with you to help you get up and walking as soon as possible. Most people go home about 15 days after surgery, but this varies from patient to patient. Our medical staff will send you home with anti-rejection medication.

It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you take your anti-rejection medication as instructed. You will need to take this medication for the rest of your life. You will be followed quite closely during the first year after your transplant, which will include frequent lab and doctors’ visits along with occasional biopsies, as needed, to help identify any rejection.

What you can do

  • Take your anti-rejection medication on a routine schedule.
  • Keep lab and doctors’ appointments.
  • Follow your medical team’s guidelines on diet and exercise.
  • Learn more about lung transplantation in our Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Questions?

For an appointment or for more information about Lung Transplantation, call (708) 327-5864 or (800) 424-6313.

The Evaluation

Dr. Daniel Dilling and Transplant Coordinator Karen Pelletiere discuss the evaluation process.

While You Wait

Dr. Daniel Dilling and Transplant Coordinator Karen Pelletiere discusses the steps needed before transplant surgery.

Time for surgery

Loyola lung transplant specialists explain what you can expect just before and during surgery.

The Recovery

Loyola specialists describe what recovery from transplant surgery will entail.

Common Questions

Who pays for the operation?

Insurance, whether private, Medicare or Medicaid, will pay for your evaluation and surgery. Please contact your insurance for specific levels of coverage. Read more in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Ready to Get Started?

For an appointment or for more information about Lung Transplantation, call (708) 327-5864 or (800) 424-6313.

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