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Lung Transplant and Pulmonary Fibrosis

In pulmonary fibrosis, once the lung tissue becomes scarred, the damage cannot be reversed. Because of this, lung transplant (a surgical procedure that involves replacing one or both of your diseased lungs with healthy lungs) is a treatment option your doctor may suggest.

A lung transplant can improve your ability to breathe and be active, but it is a major operation. There are risks of complications that occur during and at any time after the operation.

Pulmonary fibrosis patients should be evaluated by a lung transplant physician soon after diagnosis. This specialist team will determine whether or not you are a candidate for this procedure. To be considered eligible for a lung transplant, you will need to meet certain requirements:

  • Be in good physical condition aside from your lung function
  • Have no other life-threatening illnesses
  • Be willing to accept the risks of surgery
  • Accept the post-transplant therapy

Learn more about what happens before, during and after a lung transplant.

Talk to your doctor or the trained staff at our Lung HelpLine to learn more about how and where to receive a lung transplant evaluation.

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    Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Last reviewed February 5, 2018.

    Page Last Updated: March 13, 2018

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