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Lung Transplant Prognosis & Survival Rate Information

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For patients with advanced lung disease, a lung transplant can greatly improve their prognosis. Although patients must have a life expectancy of less than two years to be considered for a lung transplant at Tampa General Hospital, those who undergo a successful operation often live three or more years after surgery. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health, more than half of the patients who receive a single-lung transplant achieve five-year survival. A patient’s lung transplant prognosis will depend on several factors, including:

  • His or her age, gender, and diagnosis
  • The length of time the organ was stored before it was transplanted
  • The type of procedure the patient undergoes (left lung transplant, right lung transplant, or double lung transplant)
  • The way the patient’s body responds to the anti-rejection medications
  • Whether the patient has already undergone a previous lung transplant

In reports released by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), it indicates that patients in Tampa General’s Lung Transplant Program typically have a survival rate and prognosis that exceeds the national average:

  • Of the adult patients receiving a lung transplant at Tampa General, a higher percentage usually survive for at least one year after their surgery, based on the national average.
  • With adult patients who receive a lung transplant at Tampa General, we typically observe a higher than the national average survival rate of three years or more.

TGH, which has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's Best Hospitals for Pulmonology, operates one of the top busiest lung transplant centers in the nation. If you have any questions about our lung transplant survival rates and prognosis information, please contact Tampa General Hospital toll free at 1-800-505-7769 (press 3 for the lung transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator), or call the lung transplant program coordinator directly at (813) 844-4088.