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A lung transplant surgery is a procedure performed to replace a diseased or damaged lung with a healthy lung, usually from a deceased donor. The most common lung diseases for which people undergo lung transplant are:
A donor for a lung transplant is an individual who may have recently died or become brain dead, which means that although their body is being kept alive by machines, the brain has no sign of life.Learn More
In this procedure, your surgeon will make a cut in your chest and cut off the airways and blood vessels to your damaged lung. He/she will then remove your diseased lung and replace it with a healthy lung from the donor. Next your surgeon will reattach the airways and blood vessels, followed by the closure of the incision site. In a double-lung transplant or bilateral lung transplant your surgeon may connect you to a heart lung machine. This machine will support your heart and lungs during surgery.
In the first month following lung transplantation surgery you will be recovering from the stress and side effects of surgery. It is important to consume enough protein, and total calories, to help your wounds heal. Additionally, you will be advised to have heart-healthy diet (low fat, low salt) and drink plenty of fluids.Learn Less