Lung transplantation can be complex. You want a group of highly trained and dedicated experts to guide you and your family through the journey. Lean on the specialists at Spectrum Health for the care and support you need throughout the process.
Partner with experienced specialists at Spectrum Health for an individualized lung transplant evaluation to decide the next steps in your lung disease care. You’ll receive a thorough yet personalized evaluation that’s shorter than most transplant centers.
Over the course of two days, you’ll meet with several transplant team members. To help determine whether a lung transplant is right for you, they’ll:
Your transplant coordinator will help you schedule all your appointments and guide you and your family through the evaluation process.
Help you and your transplant team make informed decisions about your care options when you bring:
Our selection committee will review your evaluation information and test results to determine whether you’re a candidate for a lung transplant.
Your transplant coordinator will tell you the committee’s decision within one day.
If you’re not a candidate for a lung transplant, we’ll discuss other care options, such as a lung volume reduction surgery.
If you’re a candidate for lung transplant, we will place you on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) computerized waitlist. UNOS coordinates the nation’s organ transplant system providing fair access to organs as they become available.
Ask your Spectrum Health transplant team if you have questions about your status on the waitlist.
Our time to transplant is lower than the national average. Your wait time will depend on:
You have a better chance of receiving a transplant because we use advanced technology to make more donor lungs available.
Rely on your transplant care team to monitor your health, answer your questions, and support you and your family while you wait. You’ll have frequent visits to check your health.
If you live outside of Grand Rapids, ask about options for virtual care. You may be able to receive some pretransplant care in your home or community.
Make your surgery and recovery easier by building strength through our pulmonary rehabilitation program.
When donor lungs become available, your transplant coordinator will call you to come to the hospital. It’s very important that you come to the hospital right away.
Sometimes transplants are cancelled at the last minute because it’s not safe to perform the surgery. If your surgery is cancelled, your transplant coordinator will talk to you about next steps.
Feel certain you’re getting the best care with a second opinion at Spectrum Health.