Lung Transplant Options
We provide treatment options for people needing a lung transplant, including those with interstitial lung disease, emphysema, cystic fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension. Our program is one of the most experienced in the world, offering lung transplants to patients who other centers have turned down.
Our lung transplantation research program is one of the largest in the U.S. The program was the first to describe a procedure for bilateral sequential lung transplantation, a surgical approach that is now the gold standard for double lung transplants.
We continue to advance care for lung transplant patients, including reducing organ rejection. You may have the opportunity to enroll in one of our clinical trials. As a trial participant, you receive effective treatments and surgery options that are not yet widely available.
Our team of experienced specialists supports you through the entire lung transplant process, answering your questions and easing your concerns. Depending on your needs, we offer the following types of lung transplant
Also called a bilateral lung transplant, we remove both your diseased lungs. Your surgeon then implants two healthy lungs from a deceased donor.
Most lung transplant surgeries we perform are double lung transplants. If you’ve been diagnosed with advanced fibrosis or emphysema, a double lung transplant can increase your quality of life post-transplant more than a single-lung transplant.
Because of new criteria, the wait time for a double lung transplant has decreased from about two years to four months. Our wait time is even shorter because of the local organ procurement organization (OPO) we work with, Mid-America Transplant.
During this procedure, your surgeon removes a single diseased lung and replaces it with one healthy lung from a deceased donor.
Most of our lung transplant surgeries are double lung transplants. However, we occasionally perform a single lung transplant. You and your provider discuss if a single or double lung transplant is right for you.