A lung transplant is a surgical procedure to replace a diseased or failing lung with a healthy deceased donor lung. Depending on the medical condition, a lung transplant may involve replacing one or both lungs.
More than 1,000 adults and children in the US are waiting for new lungs.
Someone on the waiting list may wait months or years to receive a donor lung.
Transplant candidates are matched based on key factors including medical urgency, distance, and pediatric status.
Recipients are usually discharged from the hospital 1-3 days following surgery.
Recipients can return to work and normal activity 3-6 months following surgery.