Benefits of a lung transplant
A lung transplant is the best treatment for some patients with end-stage lung disease
- A lung transplant leads to a longer, better quality of life for most people who are able to have one
- Most people say they have extra energy and feel more able to cope with everyday activities
- You are more able to work and go on holiday
- Your sex life is likely to improve
Start enjoying life again
For those patients who are suitable, most do very well after a transplant, and their transplanted lung lasts for many years. In general, a lung transplant leads to a longer and better quality of life, compared to not having a transplant.
Once you have recovered from the operation and clinic visits are less frequent, your life should start getting back to normal. You should be able to work, drive, play sports and go on holiday. If you are of childbearing age, you should be able to try for a baby.
More energy for work, travel and activities
Most people who have a lung transplant say they have more energy and feel more able to cope with work and everyday activities. You can go on holiday as travel is easier to arrange, and you can exercise and play most sports.
Improved sex life and fertility
Your sex life and fertility are likely to improve. If you are a woman of childbearing age you will usually be able to become pregnant after a transplant. Your transplant team will usually suggest that you wait one year before trying for a baby.