Lung Transplant Procedure

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Best Doctors and Hospitals for Lung Transplant in India

Following is a list of the most reputed specialists in India for the treatment of Lung Transplant.
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Doctor ImageDr. NameSpecialtyHospital AssociatedContact DoctorCity
Dr. Sandeep AttawarCardiac SurgeonGlobal Hospitals Chennai
Dr. K R BalakrishnanDr. K R BalakrishnanCTVSFortis Malar Hospital Chennai
Dr. Anil Bhan Cardiac SurgeonMedanta – The MedicityGurgaon
Dr. Nandkishore KapadiaDr. Nandkishore Kapadia
Cardiac SurgeonKokilaben Dhirubai Ambani Hospital Mumbai
Dr Naresh TrehanDr. Naresh Trehan Cardiac SurgeonMedanta – The MedicityGurgaon
Dr. Z S MeharwalDr. Z.S.MeharwalCardiac SurgeonFortis Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre Delhi
Dr. Murtaza A Chishti Cardiac SurgeonArtemis Hospital Gurgaon
Dr Zainulabedin Hamdulay Cardiac SurgeonGlobal HospitalsMumbai
Dr. Ajay Kaul Cardiac SurgeonBLK Super Specialty Hospital Delhi

Cost of Lung Transplant in India

In India,the treatment cost for lung transplant surgery is approximately US $40,000-55,000. The costs vary depending on the extent, involvement of heart and the availability of a cadaveric lung for transplantation.

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Lung Transplant Procedure

A lung transplant replaces a diseased lung with a healthy one, generally from a deceased donor. A lung transplant may involve replacing one or both of your lungs. Sometimes, a lung transplant involves replacement of the heart along with a donor heart. This is because heart and lungs are closely entwined organs. Often last stage lung diseases cause heart failure or vice versa.

The lung transplant is done under general anesthesia and takes about 8-12 hours to complete depending on the intricacies of the surgery and your medical conditions.

Criteria for Lung Donor

Once your registered hospital authority informs you about the availability of the matching lung, within an hour you should reach the hospital to start the whole process of transplant. For receiving a donor’s lung below conditions of the lung recipient and donor are considered:

  • Blood group
  • Size of organ and the chest cavity
  • Severity of the recipient’s lung disease
  • Overall health of the recipient to have a surgery

Indications for Lung Transplant Required

When a diseased and severely damaged lung can no longer be treated through medications or any other medical procedure, lung transplant may be an only option. Patients of even above 65 years of age have also successfully undergone lung transplant surgery in Indian hospitals.

In severe cases of below diseases, lung transplant may be required:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – emphysema and chronic bronchitis
  • Sarcoidosis with advanced fibrosis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Scarring of the lungs
  • Pulmonary hypertension

Recovery after Lung Transplant

After the surgery you will be in ICU on ventilator. Your hospital stay is of about three-four weeks.

Once released from the hospital, there would be about three months of follow-up visits to the doctor as you will be closely watched for to assess the new lung’s function. Recovery period will also include laboratory tests, chest X-rays, and ECG. You will be checked to prevent, detect and treat, in case of any complications.

Note (for foreign patients):

Besides South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka), every year, India gets thousands of medical tourists from African countries- Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Ghana, Somalia,Gambia etc and Middle Eastern countries like Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, Yemen etc. Hence, if you are a citizen of any of these countries, there is good likelihood that you will be meeting some fellow citizens or same language speakers in the major hospitals in India. Almost all the top hospitals have translators for people of these region. Our patient support team is also well placed to assist you.

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