Lung Transplant for Cystic Fibrosis
What To Think About
- Lung transplant surgery does not prevent or improve any problems that cystic fibrosis may be causing in other parts of your body.
- Having a lung transplant is still a limited option in the United States and is usually available only in certain major medical centers. You may have to travel or move to another city to have the operation.
- Not everyone is a good candidate for an organ transplant. Your doctor or a transplant center will do tests to see if you are. For more information, see the topic Reference Organ Transplant.
- If your tests show you are a good candidate, you are put on a waiting list. You may have to wait days, months, or years for a transplant. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) regularly updates its guidelines for transplant selection. More information can be found at www.unos.org.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: June 15, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Susanna McColley, MD - Pediatric Pulmonology