Lung transplantation

Lung transplantation

Lung transplantation

Dr. Sandeep Attawar is one of the best heart and lung transplant surgeons in India and is currently the Head and Founding Director of Cardiac Surgery and Thoracic organ transplantation at the Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), Gurgaon. Dr. Attawar is a recognized for his ability to perform a variety of complex cardiac surgery on patients of all ages, and has participated in over 10000 surgeries to date.

His work during this period has involved healthcare giants such as Narayana Hrudayalaya, Apollo Hospitals and the Global Hospitals India Group. Over his career, he has participated in over 10000 open and closed heart surgeries, Lung and Heart Transplantation in adults, and is capable of performing a variety of surgical procedures on patients of any age, from neonates to octogenarians.

Dr Sandeep Attawar has a success rate of 85-90% in case of Heart and Lung Transplant in India.He has been one of the pioneers in Lung transplantation in India having performed over half a dozen of these transplants till date.

A lung transplant is surgery to remove a person's diseased lung and replace it with a healthy lung from a deceased donor.

Lung transplants are used for people who are likely to die from lung disease within 1 to 2 years. Their conditions are so severe that other treatments, such as medicines or breathing devices, no longer work.

Overview

Most people who have lung transplants are between the ages of 18 and 65. The surgery sometimes is used for children and older adults. This article focuses on lung transplants in adults.

Each patient must go through a careful screening process to make sure he or she is a good candidate for a lung transplant based on internationally accepted guidelines. Donor lungs also are carefully screened to make sure they're healthy enough to be used for a transplant.

The state manages the organ-sharing process. Every Indian state maintains the waiting lists for all organ donations and helps co-ordinate organ allocation with hospitals registered on the organ transplantation network,using a standard algorithm for organ allotment.

The number of people on the lung transplant waiting list changes often. About half of the people on the list receive a lung in any given year.

Some people get one lung during a transplant. This is called a single-lung transplant. Other people get two lungs, which is called a double-lung transplant. The number of double-lung transplants has gone up over the years. More double-lung transplants are done now than single-lung transplants.

Some people who have severe heart disease and lung disease get a heart and lung(s). This is called a heart–lung transplant.

A rare kind of lung transplant is a living donor lobar lung transplant. For this surgery, a healthy adult donates a segment, or lobe, of one lung to another person. This type of transplant usually is done in children.

Outlook

Lung transplants are a "last resort" treatment for people who have severe disease and no other medical options.

A lung transplant can improve a person's quality of life. For people who have certain lung problems, a transplant also may help them live longer than they would without the surgery.

Lung transplants have serious risks. Your body may reject the new lung, or you may get infections. The short- and long-term complications of a lung transplant can be life threatening.

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