2,327 patients received a lung transplant for cystic fibrosis and other conditions in 2016.
Only 1% of hospitals offer lung transplant.
Surgical techniques allow the transplantation of both lungs while reducing the risk of infecting the donor lungs. Surgeons tailor their method based on the individual needs of the patient.
One lung is replaced, then the other. A double lumen tube is used to keep the new and old lungs separate so infection does not reach the transplanted lung while the second lung is being placed.
Both lungs are removed and a bypass pump takes over breathing. With bypass in place, the airway can be cleaned so that infectious fluids don’t reach the new lungs.
Cystic fibrosis does not recur in transplanted lungs. Patients who receive lung transplants report an improved quality of life.
Source: MayoClinic.org; CFF.org; AHA.org; NCBI.NLM.NIH.gov.
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