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It is hard to live your life to the fullest with a disease that severely damages your lungs. If other treatments don’t work, a lung transplant may be necessary. Here, at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, we strive to make this procedure as safe as possible. Our surgeons will take every precaution possible to make sure that the surgery is a complete success.
The lungs are situated in the chest cavity, and they play the most important role in the respiratory system. The role of the lungs is to take oxygen from the outside and transfer it to the bloodstream and to release carbon dioxide from your body. These organs are spongy and covered in fluid to help with expansion when they are taking in air.
Because of bad habits, unsafe work conditions, different diseases or other factors, the lungs can become unhealthy and lose the ability to properly function. In some cases, medication and exercises will not help the healing process and lung transplant will be necessary.
Lung transplant surgery is the procedure in which the doctor takes out the patient’s one or both lungs and replaces them with new ones from a donor.
Lung transplant surgery is a major surgical procedure. At first, the patient will be subjected to some tests to see if his body can sustain this type of surgery. If everything is fine, the patient will be placed under general anesthesia. Tubes will be used to drain the contents of his stomach and bladder. Depending if he needs replaced only one lung or not, he may be hooked up to a heart-lung bypass machine to help with the blood circulation and oxygenation. The surgeon will make an incision across the chest and separate the bones to get to the lungs. After the organs are replaced, the main airway and blood vessels will be connected to the donor-lung. The surgery is complete once the doctor closes up and stitches the chest.
Many patients who underwent this type of surgery described several benefits:
Because it is a very complicated surgery and a very hard procedure for the body, patients need a long time to recover from it. After the patient is out of the operating room, he will stay for a few days in the intensive care unit to have his vital signs carefully supervised. A mechanical ventilator will be used to help him breathe. There will also be tubes to help drain the excess fluids left after the operation. After the ICU, the patient will remain in the hospital for a few weeks. He will have to do exercises to help with his breathing and for the remainder of his life he will have to take special medicine.
All organ transplant surgeries come with a lot of risks and this one is no different. The most frequent problem is when the body sees the new lungs as foreign objects and rejects them. Because of the immunosuppressives, the patient has to take, he has an increased risk of infection, diabetes, kidney infections and even cancer.
If you think that you have a serious lung disease that threatens your life, come and speak to our doctors. We are professionally prepared to deal with these situations and we can guarantee that we will do our best to get you back in top shape. Call us today at 888.600.5600 to find out how we can help!