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A lung transplant is a treatment option for carefully selected patients with end-stage respiratory failure who have failed to respond to other medical treatments.
There are many different causes of lung disease that might lead to needing a lung transplant. Common causes include: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pulmonary hypertension.
Life expectancy for patients with lung disease is very variable depending on age and other medical issues. Please discuss this with the team caring for you.
Survival rates vary from patient to patient.
On average, 85 patients out of 100 are alive one year after a lung transplant.
Between 52 to 65 out of 100 patients are alive five years after a lung transplant.
Everyone recovers at a different rate after a lung transplant. Your transplanted lung should start working within a few hours but you will need time to recover and adjust. After the first 3-6 months, the risk of transplant rejection is lower, and your immunosuppressant medicines will reduce. You should have more energy and be able to start doing more.
The average risk of dying during the first few months after a lung transplant is between 10 to 15 patients in every 100. However, this varies widely on a patient-by-patient basis. This may seem high, but it is still lower than the risk posed by your underlying lung disease.