Mayo Clinic's approach

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At Mayo Clinic, a team of doctors and staff work together to evaluate and treat people who may need lung transplants.

Multidisciplinary team approach

At Mayo Clinic, doctors trained in lung conditions (pulmonologists), chest surgery (thoracic surgeons), heart surgery (cardiac surgeons), infectious disease management, mental health conditions (psychiatrists) and other specialties may collaborate as a multidisciplinary team to provide you with coordinated, comprehensive care. Doctors work together with health care professionals in many areas to evaluate you, perform your lung transplant and coordinate follow-up care.

Health care professionals in many medical specialties Care team roles

Health care professionals trained in many medical specialties work together as a team to ensure favorable outcomes from your lung transplant.

Common recommendations and treatment at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic's Transplant Center staff at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Florida and Minnesota works together to evaluate and treat people who may need a lung transplant. Mayo Clinic offers common recommendations, evaluation processes, treatment, post-surgical care and follow-up care for lung transplant candidates at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Florida and Minnesota. Mayo Clinic uses technology to help make patient information available as needed at all three locations.

Mayo Clinic staff coordinates care as needed between the three sites. You may be evaluated for a lung transplant at one Mayo Clinic location, but you may have a lung transplant at another location if it's in your best interests. If you have your evaluation and transplant surgery at different locations, Mayo staff from both locations collaborates as a team to provide you with comprehensive care through the transplant process.

Individualized approach

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Mayo Clinic doctors take the time to discuss each person's individual needs.

Mayo doctors take the time to get to know you and work with you to provide exactly the care you need. Your doctors and transplant team will work with you and discuss your individual needs to determine the most appropriate treatment for you.

Multiorgan transplant experience

Mayo Clinic offers the full spectrum of options for lung transplantation, including multi-organ transplant procedures such as heart-lung transplantation. Mayo Clinic doctors and surgeons have experience evaluating and treating people with complex conditions who may need multiorgan transplants.

A team of doctors trained in a wide array of specialties works together in Mayo Clinic's Transplant Center to treat people who may need multiorgan transplants.

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Mayo Clinic doctors collaborate to provide care for people who may need lung transplants.

Research and innovation

Mayo doctors conduct research in diagnostic tests and treatments for a variety of lung diseases.

Mayo Clinic researchers in the Transplant Center conduct ongoing studies and clinical trials in improving surgical procedures, improving outcomes and caring for people who need transplants. Researchers also study alternative therapies for people who may not need a transplant.

For example, Mayo doctors study potential ways of using stem cell therapy to treat many lung conditions in lung regeneration research. Researchers study how reprogrammed stem cells can be turned into specialized cells that can replace, repair or regenerate diseased lung cells.

Mayo Clinic is also developing lung restoration capabilities with the goal of increasing the number of lungs available for transplant at Mayo Clinic and other transplant centers throughout the United States.

At a lung restoration center at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida, staff plan to conduct trials to preserve and restore donor lungs — using a method called ex vivo lung perfusion — so donor lungs that previously may not have been appropriate for transplant can be used in lung transplantation.

Work at the lung restoration center will support and extend Mayo's regenerative medicine research program. Construction of the center is expected to begin in 2017.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

  1. Two New Lungs Give One Dad a Chance to Enjoy Fatherhood to its Fullest

    Over time, cystic fibrosis robbed Nicholas Hemmerle of his ability to enjoy active time with his daughter. But after a double lung transplant, he's breathing easier and ready to have fun again.? The last thing Nicholas Hemmerle remembers before going into surgery at Mayo Clinic for a double lung transplant is a nurse putting a [...]

  2. Defying Odds to Make it Through to a Heart-Lung Transplant

    Aryn Clark needed a heart-lung transplant, but the wait was almost sure to be a long one. Advanced technology that did the work of her heart and lungs during that wait kept her healthy enough to be ready once transplant organs became available. Aryn Clark was born with two holes in her heart, a condition [...]

  3. A New Lung, a Wedding Ring and a Second Chance at Life

    For Jim Jones, the joy of his wedding day was multiplied by a much-anticipated phone call from Mayo Clinic. That same day, a lung had become available for a transplant, and the possibility of a healthy life ahead was within Jim's reach. Wedding days are often life-changing. But for Angi and Jim Jones, the day [...]

  4. The Sky's the Limit for College Freshman After Double-Lung Transplant

    Thanks to a double-lung transplant at Mayo Clinic, Logan McCaskill is breathing easier and on her way to a healthier future. University of Central Florida freshman biology major Logan McCaskill has her sights set on a career with NASA. The Orlando native hopes to work for the agency researching how to grow plants in space. [...]

  5. Patience and Persistence Propel Patient Through Double-Lung Transplant

    Steve Shank knows what it's like to face an uphill climb. Despite being legally blind and affected by albinism, he has been an avid bicyclist for years, competing in 100-mile rides on the rolling hills of Iowa. The arduous contests challenged Steve physically and mentally, giving the Iowa City native an ability to endure difficult [...]

  6. Double Lung Transplant Recipient Beats Cystic Fibrosis to Become A Running and Fitness Enthusiast

    When Tammy Bolerjack was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 18, she found herself frequently in and out of hospitals for treatments to help her breathe. Running 5K races and half-marathons certainly wasn?t something she envisioned in her future. Little did she know then that eventually a double lung transplant at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus?would [...]

  7. Nicole?s Journey From Nurse to Transplant Patient and Back

    When Nicole Jahns was just five months old, her parents ? and her doctors ? knew something was wrong. She wasn't gaining weight like a five-month-old should, and she wasn't, as her doctors put it, "thriving." They soon discovered why. Nicole had cystic fibrosis, an inherited disorder that affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat [...]

Expertise and rankings

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Mayo Clinic doctors and staff discuss care for people who may need lung transplants.

Lung disease experience

Mayo Clinic lung specialists and lung transplant surgeons have extensive experience evaluating and treating people with a variety of complex lung conditions.

Surgical expertise

Mayo Clinic lung transplant surgeons have experience performing lung transplant surgery to treat many lung conditions. Surgeons have expertise in performing single-lung transplants, double-lung transplants and multiorgan transplant procedures.

Lung transplant outcomes compare favorably with the national average. Learn more about Mayo Clinic's lung transplant volumes and outcomes.

Volumes and outcomes

 

Mayo Clinic doctors' experience and integrated team approach result in transplant outcomes that compare favorably with national averages. Teams work with transplant recipients before, during and after surgery to ensure the greatest likelihood of superior results.

Volumes and statistics are maintained separately for the three Mayo Clinic locations. Taken together or separately, transplant recipients at Mayo Clinic enjoy excellent results.

Locations, travel and lodging

The Village at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, offers low-cost housing for transplant patients and their caregivers.

The Gabriel House of Care in Jacksonville, Florida, offers low-cost housing for transplant patients and their caregivers.

The Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester, Minnesota, offers low-cost housing for transplant patients and their caregivers.

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic has dedicated transplant financial services representatives and social workers who can assist you with insurance and financial questions regarding your lung transplant.

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people. In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. Many insurance companies require you to get preapproval authorization prior to transplant services.

Read more about lung transplant costs and insurance at Mayo Clinic.

Clinical trials

Explore Mayo Clinic studies testing new treatments, interventions and tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat or manage this disease.

June 16, 2018
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