Lung Transplant Week

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Information for Patients

Lung Transplant Week

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Mentorship

Approaching any transplant is an overwhelming process. For pre- and post- lung transplant recipients and their caregivers, it's even more so. LTF Mentors provide support and valuable information for pre-and post-transplant recipients and their families.

Before your Lung Transplant

Transplantation is a major surgery that involves scarce resources, and a medical evaluation is important in determining whether you are ready for surgery. It is also crucial to your having the best possible outcome from a transplant. 

During your Lung Transplant

What happens after you get "The Call?" Once you learn that a donor's lungs are a viable match, you will be scheduled immediately for your transplant surgery. When you wake up in the recovery room or ICU, you will be closely monitored for at least several days.

After your Transplant

After your transplant, your rehabilitation will begin while you are still in the hospital. Rehab is often a wonderful time in the transplant journey, because even in the beginning, you may have stamina to do more than you could do before your surgery. 

Transplant Rejection

What is rejection and what can happen? When you hear the word "rejection," you know that your body is having a problem accepting your new lung(s) as its own. Gaining an understanding of acute and chronic rejection will allow you to have an informed discussion with your doctor about treatment options.

The Caretakers

As a caretaker for a loved one undergoing a lung transplant, your role has been supporting, advocating, and guiding the recipient. You have accepted the day-to-day responsibility to care for and provide your loved one with a healthy environment mentally, emotionally, and physically while they prepare, undergo and recover from a lung transplant. 

ATS Breathing in America Book

The Breathing in America: Diseases, Progress, and Hope compilationbriefly describes respiratory diseases and the progress that is being made in the quest to find their cures.

ATS Patient Information Series

The ATS Patient Information Series is a public service of the American Thoracic Society and its journal the AJRCCM (www.atsjournals.org). The information appearing in this series is for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for the medical advice of one's personal health care provider.  Read the pieces on: