Why You Need a Lung Transplant

People needing a lung transplant have lung problems that are getting worse despite medical treatment.

Lung Transplant X-Ray

The main reason you are being considered for a transplant is because your lung disease has progressed so that medication or surgery can no longer improve it.

Transplantation may offer you the potential of living an independent, normal, and active life.

Some of the diseases that may be treated with lung transplantation are:

  • Emphysema/COPD
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Congential Disease

The transplant team will want you to do well before, during and after your transplant. Therefore, they will usually request that you have a good support system and that you have no other health problems such as cancer, smoking, alcohol or drug abuse.

In addtion to attending to your health, the transplant team also makes sure that you receive healthy donor lungs. The donor’s blood type, body size, and lung size also needs to match yours before a transplant can take place.

(Reference: University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority. http://www.uwhealth.com)

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After her husband received a double-lung (bilateral) transplant in 2004, Shannon founded the Angel Cove Organ Donation Awareness Shop, which provides awareness t-shirts and gifts products for transplant recipients, living organ donors and donor families - giving 100% of the profits to help heart and lung transplant recipients with medical costs. Shannon lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her wonderful husband and two chocolate Labrador Retrievers.

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