Being admitted to the transplant centre
Find out what happens when you arrive at the transplant centre for a lung transplant
- If you receive an offer of a lung, you will be asked to come to the transplant centre
- You will be seen by a doctor to ensure that you are still happy to go ahead and are fit enough for the operation
- You will be told about relevant donor-related risks
- Sometimes there are problems which mean the operation is unable to go ahead
What happens if you receive an offer of a lung?
If a suitable lung is offered to you, your transplant team will call to discuss this with you. They may give you some medical information about your donor and discuss potential risks and benefits. If you’re happy to proceed with the possible transplant, you’ll be asked to come to the transplant centre.
We understand that this is a stressful time. Please ask if you would like to bring someone with you to the transplant centre.
Accepting or declining an offer
Sometimes an offered lung has a higher risk of failure than you or your transplant team are willing to accept. It is up to you and your transplant team to decide whether to accept or decline an offer
What happens when you arrive at the transplant centre
Reasons why the operation might not be able to go ahead
Sometimes, even if you are willing to accept the lung, the operation cannot go ahead. This might be because:
Medical terms explained
Antibodies are made by your immune system to help recognise and fight against ‘foreign’ substances, such as bacteria and viruses. Certain antibodies in your blood can make it more likely for your body to reject your new lung.
Immunosuppressants are powerful medicines that weaken your immune system to prevent it attacking your new organ.
Rejection is when your immune system starts to attack your transplanted organ because it doesn’t recognise it.