Who requires a lung transplant

A lung transplant is considered the last option for treating lung failure. Conditions that may damage your lungs enough to warrant a transplant include:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Sarcoidosis

Not everyone is eligible for a lung transplant. The doctor will need to assess your physical and mental health before determining whether or not you are eligible for a lung transplant.

Checking for eligibility includes the following types of evaluation:

  • Physical evaluations, including tests to assess lung, heart and kidney functions.
  • Psychological evaluations, including consultation with a social worker or therapist to ensure that your mental health is looked after. They may want to meet family members to ensure that there is a good support system.
  • Financial evaluations, to assess your insurance package and help you with various payment options and schemes by NGO organisations and the government.

Certain factors may indicate that a lung transplant would not be ideal for you.

  • A recent active infection
  • A recent personal medical history of cancer
  • Serious diseases such as kidney, liver or heart diseases
  • Are unwilling or unable to make necessary lifestyle changes
  • Do not have a supportive network of family and friends

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