Elizabeth Thomas, DOGeneral Surgery Transplant
Eugenia Tsai, MDGastroenterology Hepatology Transplant
Jose Almeda, MDGeneral Surgery Transplant
Lean on your transplant team at University Health Transplant Institute during your evaluation and selection process to learn whether lung transplantation is the right treatment choice for you.
After Your Transplant Evaluation
Depend on the lung transplant selection committee at University Health to review your evaluation findings and test results. If you had abnormal test results, you might need additional testing before deciding about transplantation.
Lung Transplant Selection Criteria
The selection committee will review the transplant risks and benefits for you. To decide if lung transplantation is the best treatment option for you, the committee uses the following criteria:
- Pre-existing health conditions that could affect your transplant outcomes such as severe heart disease, tumors or obesity
- Medical history
- Other concerns affecting successful transplant
- Test results
Selection is not based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual preference, handicap or national origin.
If the team identifies you as a candidate for a lung transplant, that means they believe you are likely to have favorable outcomes and live longer. The team may deny your request for a transplant if they think it could worsen your overall health, or there are unresolved mental or social problems.
Type of Lung Transplant You Need
If you’re approved for lung transplantation, the committee will decide if you need:
- Single-lung transplant
- Double-lung transplant
University Health Transplant Institute does not perform combined heart-lung transplants or living lobar lung transplants.
Criteria for Lung Transplant Type
The type of lung transplant recommended for you is based on several factors, such as:
- Results of the pre-transplant evaluation
- Seriousness of lung disease
- Type of lung disease
Notification of Selection
Count on your pre-transplant coordinator to contact about your candidacy for lung transplantation.
Lung transplantation is major surgery with risks and possible complications. You should discuss transplantation with your loved ones and make an informed decision. If you’d like advice from a transplant patient, we can provide a mentor—someone with lung disease who had a transplant at our facility.
Waiting List Consent
When you decide to add your name to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) lung transplant waiting list, we’ll get you on the lung transplant waiting list without wasting any time.
Lung Allocation Score
Understand your priority on the lung transplant waiting list by knowing your Lung Allocation Score (LAS).
Ask your transplant coordinator for help getting approval from your medical insurance company for your lung transplant.