Day of Transplant and Transplant hospitalization
During the waiting period, your transplant surgeon receives offers of organs from Organ Procurement Organizations. If an organ is a good match for you, you will immediately be contacted.
You should not eat or drink anything from that time on, and you will be instructed to come to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for admission. You should always be within a three-hour drive of Columbus, due to tight time constraints during a transplant.
Once you are admitted, you will undergo multiple laboratory tests, receive an X-ray, and begin your immunosupression medications. You will then go to surgery, usually within a few hours of admission.
Timing is critical to success of the transplant. The lungs need to be transplanted within six hours after donor recovery. However, this time varies and you will be updated as much as possible by either your coordinator, nurse or physician.
You will be in the operating room for approximately six hours, depending on individual circumstances including whether you are receiving a single or double transplant.
Upon completion of the surgery, you will be closely monitored in an ICU setting for complications.
You will be on a ventilator with multiple intravenous access devices and monitoring devices along with medications to support the lungs. Usually, you will be weaned from the ventilator and out of bed within a day or two after your operation.
Transplant education is started within a few days of the surgery. The emphasis is placed on self-administration of the many medications as well as post-operative restrictions.
The average length of stay for a lung transplant patient is 7 to 14 days.
Please view After Your Transplant for more information.