A lung transplant is a surgical procedure to replace a diseased or failing lung with a healthy lung, usually from a deceased donor. A lung transplant is reserved for people who have tried other medications or treatments, but their conditions haven’t sufficiently improved.
At Narayana Health, we have the most experienced Lung Transplant specialists in India. We have evolved a program of intense evaluation of donors especially with respect to latent TB which is a very important problem in our country.
Lung Transplant Evaluation
The process of evaluation involves four sequential steps:
- Multi-Disciplinary Team Discussion
Once the donor organ becomes available it will be evaluated by our team. If it passes the criteria set by our team, the organ will be accepted for transplantation. Single lung, double lung or combined heart-lung transplant will be done depending on the disease of the patient. Usually patients with bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension will benefit from a double lung transplantation. The transplantation will be performed under general anaesthesia. The surgery usually takes anywhere between 6 to 10 hours depending on whether it is single or double lung and if complication occurs. Immediately after the surgery, the patient will be admitted in a dedicated heart and lung transplant unit for recovery.
Post Transplant Care
The transplant team will continue to care for you indefinitely. The purpose of the follow up care includes monitoring of the recovery process and early identification of infection, rejection and intolerance to medications. It includes scheduled visits of once a month in the first year along with blood tests, x-ray and lung function studies. The infectious disease and endocrinology consultants, physical therapist and dietician will continue caring for you during this phase to achieve a safe recovery.