Recovery at the transplant centre
Find out what to expect after lung transplant surgery and when you can go home
- You can expect to be in hospital for 14-21 days
- Your transplanted lung should usually start working within a few hours after the operation
- You will feel sore for a few days after the surgery and need strong painkillers
- You will go home with new medicines, including powerful immunosuppressants to help prevent rejection
How long will you stay in hospital?
You can expect to be in hospital for 14-21 days after a lung transplant. The first 1-3 days are spent in the intensive care unit to allow the extensive monitoring that is required. If you are recovering well from the surgery the transplant team will be happy for you to be discharged home.
What to expect in the first few days after surgery
What happens next?
Medical terms explained
Immunosuppressants are powerful medicines that weaken your immune system to prevent it attacking your new organ.
Also known as an IV drip. This is when a tube is placed into your vein so liquids, such as fluid or medicine, can be delivered directly into your bloodstream.
This refers to any medicine you can buy without a prescription, for example in a pharmacy, supermarket or online. It includes paracetamol and ibuprofen.
Rejection is when your immune system starts to attack your transplanted organ because it doesn’t recognise it.