Lung Transplant

A lung transplant is the surgical removal of a diseased lung and replacing it with a healthy lung from a deceased donor. The surgery may be done for one lung or for both lungs. 

Why is a lung transplant recommended?

Transplantation is recommended when medical treatments for respiratory failure no longer help. The right time to proceed with lung transplantation is when it is felt that you will live longer and better with a transplant than with your lung disease. Lung transplantation is a serious and complicated process, the risks of surgery and recovery may eventually outweigh the harmful effects of your lung disease. The goal is to provide improvement to the quality and length of your life.

Why might I need a lung transplant?

End stage lung failure is a disease where the lungs are no longer able to meet the demands of the body. The lungs are damaged.
Some causes of lung failure include:
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
  • Other diseases
Your healthcare provider may have other reasons to recommend a lung transplant.


What do I do if I want more information about lung transplant or I want to meet with a doctor to talk about lung transplant?

Call the Richard DeVos Heart & Lung Transplant Program at 616.391.2802.