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Lung Transplant

A lung transplant is a surgical procedure to replace a diseased or failing lung(s) with a healthy lung(s) from a deceased donor.

Why are lung transplants done?

Lung transplant are often reserved for people who have tried other medications or treatments, but their conditions haven't sufficiently improved. The majority of lung transplants are performed on patients with cystic fibrosis, emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis. Potential transplant candidates should be otherwise healthy but have chronic, end-stage lung disease. Depending on the underlying medical condition, a lung transplant may involve replacing one or both lungs.

Lung transplantation is excellent therapy for patients with end-stage chronic lung disease; however, a transplant may not be suitable for everyone.

While a lung transplant is a major operation that can involve many complications, it can improve your health and quality of life. Every potential lung transplant patient must be carefully assessed. The assessment phase starts when your specialist refers you to the Lung Transplant Team.


To be eligible for a lung transplant, you must be a B.C. resident with a Personal Care Card number and be referred by your lung specialist to the Lung Transplant Team at Vancouver General Hospital.

Once referred, you will undergo a variety of physical and psychological tests and examinations. You should be well informed about your disease and demonstrate good health behaviour and a commitment to follow health care guidelines.

The routine assessment includes consultation with the members of the transplant team comprised of a respirologist, transplant surgeon, clinical coordinator, social worker, dietitian and psychologist. If required, appointments will also be arranged with specialists from other disciplines.

Following surgery, you'll be closely monitored for infection and rejection of your new lungs. You'll also be required to take various medications as a preventative measure against common infections and rejection. These medications are covered by BC Transplant with your valid BC Care Card Number.

For more information on managing your care, please visit our Medications page.


More information?

If you have questions about the lung transplant process, please contact the Lung Transplant Program directly. See contact information on the right (or below if you are using a mobile device).

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