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Lung Transplant

Overview

Department of Lung Transplant in Chennai

Lung transplantation, or pulmonary transplantation, is a surgical procedure in which a patient's diseased lungs are partially or replaced by lungs that come from a donor. Donor lungs can be retrieved from a living donor or a deceased donor. A living donor can only donate one lung lobe.

The Lung Transplantation program at Gleneagles Global Hospitals is one of the best in India, located in Chennai. Staffed with the best transplant surgeons and specialized equipment, the facility has pioneered several complicated and innovative transplant surgeries with exceptional success rate and established Gleneagles Global Hospitals as a centre of choice for people with end-stage lung conditions.

The wards and surgical rooms are well furnished and equipped for the convenience of the patients. Utmost care and service are provided to all our patients as we focus on being patient-centric making it the best lung transplant hospital in Chennai.

Who May Need a Lung Transplant?

Most people with severe, end-stage lung disease can be considered for a lung transplant. The procedure should be considered when someone seems likely to die without the surgery and no other options are available. A lung transplant can also be considered in people whose lung disease is so severe that they can no longer enjoy life.

The most common lung diseases for which people undergo lung transplant are:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema and chronic bronchitis)
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension

FAQ: Lung Transplant

What are the most common lung diseases for which people undergo lung transplant?

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema and chronic bronchitis)
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension

What all symptoms can lead to Lung Transplant?

  • Shortness of breath: Feeling that you cannot get enough air, which may get worse.
  • Fatigue: Feeling easily tired.
  • Fast breathing: Rapid breathing sounds.
  • Confusion: Feeling confused; due to high levels of carbon dioxide in your bloodstream.

Why choose Global Health City Chennai for treatment of Lung Failure

We have one of the largest Lung Transplant departments in India, located in Chennai with many years of experience in this field, treating thousands of patients each year. The Lung Transplant wards are well furnished with the latest technology machines to provide the best of service and care to victims.

Why Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai?

  • Excellent Doctors

Our doctors are highly knowledgeable, skilled, compassionate, and will be there for you when you need them the most. Our goal is measured by the number of people in whom we restore the hope of a healthy tomorrow.

  • State-of-the-art Infrastructure

Streamlined processes, advanced technologies, world-class infrastructure, specialized and interdisciplinary care, and an unparalleled simplicity of meeting every patient's health needs. We are committed to your well-being.

  • Cutting-edge Technology

Providing global access to advanced healthcare. We embrace high precision technologies for giving you a world class healthcare experience. Our exceptional medical expertise is matched by our commitment to personalized care.

Diagonsis of Lung Failure

What are the symptoms of end stage lung failure?

  • Shortness of breath: Feeling that you cannot get enough air, which may get worse.
  • Fatigue: Feeling easily tired.
  • Fast breathing: Rapid breathing sounds.
  • Confusion: Feeling confused; due to high levels of carbon dioxide in your bloodstream.

How is end stage lung failure diagnosed?

Most of the cases of cystic fibrosis are detected immediately after the child’s birth using the newborn blood spot test. Tests are also conducted during pregnancy to check if cystic fibrosis is present in the fetus.

If your doctor suspects cystic fibrosis, then a sweat test is ordered. If the test result is positive, it indicates that excess levels of salt are present in the sweat compared to the normal. Thus, further tests are conducted on this basis and include one or more of the below:

  • Chest X-ray – Creates pictures of the structures in the chest Scarring in the lungs can be detected
  • Breathing test (Spirometry) – To check the breathing ability of the lungs and detect the extent of lung damage
  • Blood tests – To detect the oxygen levels and signs of infection
  • CT (Computerized Tomography) scan – Provides sharper and more detailed pictures of the lungs Detects the extent of lung damage
  • Lung biopsy – Examines the lung tissue under a microscope. It is the best way to diagnose pulmonary fibrosis. Shows the extent of lung damage
  • Exercise test – To check the purification of the blood by the lungs

What is the treatment for end stage lung failure?

Medicines: Several medications are available for treating pulmonary fibrosis. The choice of the drug depends on your overall health.

  • Corticosteroids: These drugs are prescribed to most of the patients to reduce inflammation.
  • Immunosuppressants: Immunosuppressant drugs such as cyclosporine and methotrexate may be given to some people in combination with cyclosporine.
  • Removing the lymph nodes, if cancer has spread to the lymph nodes of the neck
  • Acetylcysteine and prednisone: This combination can slow down the disease progression in some people.

Pulmonary rehabilitation

This program involves teaching about the lung exercises, lung diseases, management, support, and counseling.

Oxygen therapy

To help patients with shortness of breath, oxygen supplementation is provided. It is given when the oxygen levels in the blood are low.

Lung Transplantation: Treatment Of Lung Failure

 

What is a Lung Transplant and when do you need one?

Lung transplantation, or pulmonary transplantation, is a surgical procedure in which a patient's diseased lungs are partially or replaced by lungs that come from a donor. Donor lungs can be retrieved from a living donor or a deceased donor. A living donor can only donate one lung lobe.

Most people with severe, end-stage lung disease can be considered for a lung transplant. The procedure should be considered when someone seems likely to die without the surgery and no other options are available. A lung transplant can also be considered in people whose lung disease is so severe that they can no longer enjoy life.

The most common lung diseases for which people undergo lung transplant are:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema and chronic bronchitis)
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension

What are the Indications for Single-Lung Transplantation?

The indications that are currently accepted for single lung transplantation are the following: pulmonary fibrosis; emphysema; primary pulmonary hypertension; and Eisenmenger’s syndrome.

What are the Indications for a combined Heart-Lung Transplantation?

The main indication of HLTx is congenital heart disease (CHD), followed by acquired heart disease combined with pulmonary hypertension and/or intrinsic lung disease.

Who is eligible for lung transplant?

In general, you must be physiologically 60 years of age or less for bilateral lung transplantation and 65 years of age or less for single lung transplantation. This means that your physical condition must at least meet the typical condition of someone 60 years old or younger, or someone 65 years old or younger.

What is the Lung Allocation Score System?

The lung allocation score (LAS) is a numerical value used by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to assign relative priority for distributing donated lungs for transplantation within the United States. The lung allocation score takes into account various measures of a patient’s health in order to direct donated organs towards the patients who would best benefit from a lung transplant. The LAS system replaces the older method within the United States of allocating donated lungs strictly on a first-come, first-served basis, according to blood type compatibility and distance from the donor hospital. The older method is still used for patients under the age of 12. The LAS system is still being evaluated and revised. The reason for this continuing analysis is the need to balance on one hand the desire to help those patients in direct need, versus the statistical likelihood of the patient to survive the procedure, as well as the post-operative risks of infection and transplant rejection.

How long do you have to wait for a lung transplant?

It is impossible to predict how long a wait there will be before a lung becomes available. The average wait is about three to six months for patients with IPF or certain diseases; however, it’s possible the wait could be from a few days to many years depending on your LAS and your disease.

Where do the lung donors come from?

Most lungs that are transplanted come from deceased organ donors. This type of transplant is called a cadaveric transplant. Healthy, nonsmoking adults who are a good match may be able to donate part of one of their lungs. The part of the lung is called a lobe.

What happens during the Lung Transplant Surgery?

During a lung transplant, surgeons remove your diseased lungs, one at a time, and then attach the donor lungs to your airways and to the blood vessels that lead to and from your heart.

What happens after the Lung Transplant Surgery?

Immediately after the Lung Transplant surgery, you’ll spend several days in the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU). A mechanical ventilator will help you breathe for a few days, and tubes in your chest will drain fluids from around your lungs and heart.

Gleneagles Global Hospital is the best lung transplant hospital in Chennai offering the best lung transplant surgery, lung treatment and care for all types of pulmonary diseases and lung failure cases. Helmed by the best lung specialists in Chennai, the hospital today is recognized as one of the best lung transplant hospitals in Chennai. The hospital has successfully performed the best lung transplant surgeries at the most competitive cost of lung transplant. Working with the best lung transplant specialists in Chennai, who bring a wealth of experience and wide-ranging expertise, we have grown into the top lung transplant Hospitals in Chennai.

Lung Transplant Specialists, Doctors and Surgeons

Gleneagles Global Health City is one of the best hospitals for a lung transplant in India, located in Chennai which consists of an expert panel that is experienced and committed to bringing compassionate care for patients with end-stage lung failure. The team walks the journey with you from evaluation to transplant to post-transplant recovery. An initial evaluation assesses the patient’s need & qualification for a transplant; following with a transplant team helps the patient and caregivers understand the transplant procedure, the wait time and pre-transplant care.

As the patient moves through the transplant journey, from evaluation to actual transplant to post-surgery care and rehabilitation, our team of pulmonologists, intensivist & anesthetist, lung transplant surgeons, lung transplant co-coordinators, nurses, care managers, physiotherapist, dietitians, and other clinicians will work together to manage your care at every stage. The single-minded focus and goal of the lung transplant team are to help you return to a full and productive life post the lung transplantation.

We are with you in your journey to better health

A consultation with our panel of doctors, specialists and surgeons will help you determine what kind of services you may need to help diagnose and treat your condition. If you or someone in your family or friend’s circle are facing any health issues, please get in touch with us, we are here for you.