- Sep 1, 2017
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My mom is getting on the list for a lung transplant. Holly shit, a lot of medical tests before she is put on the list. Just curious if anyone here has had a transplant?
Friend of mine had a kidney transplantMy mom is getting on the list for a lung transplant. Holly shit, a lot of medical tests before she is put on the list. Just curious if anyone here has had a transplant?
My mom and brother both had kidney transplant. My mom was 70 something when she had hers and lived another 10 yrs or so. My brother is still doing well. And yes lots of medicine for ever. Plus pre planning of dental work as your immune system is suppressed so as not to reject the new organ. I think my brother takes antibiotics two weeks ahead of any dental procedure
Good reply................ We only have one hospital that does transplants here for BC. Its Canada and a little different being socialized medicine. I'll be in on the meetings with the transplant team. So far they are doing tests to ensure she is a good candidate.I wish your mom the best.
You both need to have an honest discussion before she agrees to this.
Renal transplants are relatively common.
Lung transplants are not.
When they go bad, they go REALLY bad.
Find out, in writing, what your/her options are regarding Code status and end of life AFTER the transplant.
All of my experiences are with transplants that failed. And in the fine print, the patient must agree to stay alive for at least one year. This is for the transplant team to keep their survival numbers at an acceptable rate.
I have seen multiple patients who should be sent to hospice tortured for a year so the program can make their numbers.
As a healthcare professional, a lung transplant is on the short list of things I would never agree to.
I’m not trying to be Debbie downer. But vet your transplant team accordingly, the hospital I was connected with was one of the top in the world.
It is up to your mother- and you- if the process is worth it. You definitely need to discuss with her what her expectations are. She is 69. At top I would expect 10 more years. Not sure what her current health is.
She might do great- and I hope she does- but make sure you both are ready for what this journey entails and what the potential downfalls might be- and know exactly what she is signing up for.