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Caring for Your Transplanted Lungs

Due to the complexity of a lung transplant surgery, the procedure will require several hours and several weeks for a full recovery.

After the surgery, patients will recover in one of our hospitals' intensive care unit (ICU) before moving to a hospital room for one to three weeks. The patient’s doctor may recommend pulmonary rehabilitation afterward to help improve breathing capabilities. Pulmonary function tests will help doctors monitor a patient’s breathing and recovery as well. After leaving the hospital, patients will regularly visit their doctor to check for infection or rejection of the new lung, as well as to test the lung’s functionality.

To help prevent rejection, patients will need to take medicines for the rest of their life that suppress their immune system and help prevent their body from rejecting the new lungs. Practicing good hygiene, obtaining routine vaccines, and adopting healthy lifestyle choices such as heart-healthy eating and not smoking are very important for the success of a patient’s new lung.

Patient Stories

  • Cared for by Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s Advanced Lung Disease, Neonatal and Obstetrics Critical Care Teams

    Fabienne and Nathaniel
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  • “I promised her [granddaughter] that I would make her 6th birthday party and I did. And here it is 5 years later and I'm still here, thanks to the hospital, doctors and everybody else.”

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  • RWJBarnabas Health, performed the life-saving double lung transplant that Tony had been waiting for.

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Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center
94 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-5000
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
Heart and Lung Specialty Center at Toms River
780 Route 37
Suite 120
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 341-2308
RWJ University Hospital Rahway
865 Stone Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
(732) 381-4200

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