Lung transplantation is a surgical procedure to treat lung disorders. For people with severe cases of lung diseases, this surgical procedure can greatly remove all the symptoms associated with a lung disease. Easy breathing and longer years to live can be experienced again. However, like any other organ transplantation, the surgery will have its own complications.
A lung transplant may be needed to treat patients with advanced or end-stage lung disease. However, a lung transplant is only considered in cases where a patient has left with no option for treating lung disease and would likely die. The surgery is also done to people who can no longer enjoy a normal life because of a lung disorder.
Lung transplantation is done in lung disorders such as:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – this disorder causes difficulty in breathing and as the disease progresses certain complication can occur including damage to other organs in the body.
- Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis – a disorder where there are hardening and thickening of the tissues in the lungs.
- Cystic fibrosis – an inherited lung disorder that affects the cells responsible for mucus and sweat production
- Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension – is a condition where there is increased blood pressure to the pulmonary arteries and of the right side of the heart
What it takes in Preparing for a Lung Transplant
The process before starting a lung transplant may vary from one person to the other. However, like any other organ transplant, the evaluation process for a lung transplant is generally long and complicated. Before an individual can be operated for a lung transplant, he or she must be referred by a doctor to a regional transplant center. It is at this transplant center that doctors, psychologist, social workers, and other staff meet with the patient to provide and gather information about a lung transplant. This process may take many visits over many weeks that will span to months.
The staff in the transplant center will also need to evaluate the person medical conditions, medical history, and financial situation. Tests will need to be performed on the patient to evaluate the transplant capability of the patient. These tests include:
- Pulmonary function test
- Cardiac stress test
- Coronary artery catheterization
- Bone mineral density test
- Chest x-ray
- Ct scan
- Complete blood count or CBC
- The liver and kidney function may be also be tested
- Blood type for blood matching in organ donor
If you think you are suffering from Lung Transplant you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Lung Transplant as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).