What You Need to Know About Lung Transplants

Transplant Surgery
A lung transplant is a highly invasive, complex procedure that carries substantial risk. Because of known complications of any organ transplant surgery, this option is only viable in a very small, select group of patients.
 
Exercise programs can be carried out to improve a person's independence and quality of life, and decrease the frequency and length of hospital stays, even though lung function doesn't improve. Gains in conditioning are quickly lost if a person stops exercising.
 
(Click Emphysema Treatment for more information.)
 

The Future of Emphysema

The key to managing emphysema is to identify the disease as early as possible. Methods continue to be developed to help physicians find the earliest signs so that preventive and therapeutic measures can be instituted.
 
However, with current treatments, even those who are severely affected by emphysema and are homebound can be made more comfortable and can experience a higher quality of life.
 

Information on Emphysema

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