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Double Lung Transplant 201

Posted Aug 25 2008 6:32pm
In light of Alice's (so far) successful double lung transplant, here's what I know about what she (and Tricia) can expect post-transplant. (these are facts about double lung transplant...not sure how much it translates to other organ transplants)

> Patients will be encouraged to be up and and walking around within 24-48 hours after the surgery.

> Patients can expect to stay under close watch in the hospital for 1-3 weeks, depending on how well they do.

> Patients can expect to participate in physical therapy/rehabilitation for about 2-3 months.

> There are lots of possible complications. The greatest risks are rejection and infection.

> Patients must relearn how to breath with their new lungs.

> Patients with CF will still have CF, but it will no longer directly affect their lungs.

> The average life expectancy is about 8 years, but that greatly depends on rejection/infection as well as the age and general health of the patient. We know some patients who are well past 15 years on their new lungs.

> Some patients will be candidates for multiple lung transplants.

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