Benefits of a lung transplant

A lung transplant is the best treatment for some patients with end-stage lung disease

Key points

  • 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.

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