An irreversible, life-threatening lung disease that affects the heart (but are in otherwise good health)—An example of this is severe
pulmonary hypertension, an increase in blood pressure in the lung's blood vessels.
Had other treatments that have not been successful such as surgery and medications.
There is a shortage of donors, so you may be on a transplant list for some time. You may need to carry a cell phone with you at all times. This is to allow the transplant team to reach you if organs become available.
Your doctor will monitor your health to make sure that you are ready for the transplant. Before the surgery, your doctor will likely do the following:
Blood tests—to make sure your liver and kidneys are functioning normally
Identify your blood group
Leading up to the surgery:
Talk to your doctor about your medications. You may be asked to stop taking some medications up to one week before the procedure.
Do not take over-the-counter medication without checking with your doctor.
Arrange for a ride to and from the hospital.
Arrange for help at home after the surgery.
Eat a light meal the night before the surgery. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
will be used. It will block any pain and keep you asleep through the surgery. It is given through an IV in your hand or arm.
After you are asleep, an incision will be made in the skin and breastbone. Your chest will be opened and you will be connected to a heart-lung machine. This machine takes over the functions of the heart and lungs during the surgery. The lungs and heart will be removed. The donor lungs will be attached. Then, the new heart will be sewn into place. Next, the blood vessels will be connected. The blood will start to flow and warm the heart.
The new heart may begin beating on its own, or the doctor may give you an electrical shock to get the heart started. You will be checked to make sure that there are no leaks and that the heart and lungs are working fine. After this, the heart-lung machine will be disconnected. Next, temporary tubes may be placed in the chest cavity to drain any blood that has collected. The breastbone will be wired together, and the chest will be closed.
Surgical procedures for heart failure. American Heart Association website. Available at: ...(Click grey area to select URL) Updated May 9, 2017. Accessed November 30, 2017.
Explore lung transplant. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at:
https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/lungtxp. Updated December 9, 2016. Accessed November 30, 2017.