Lung Transplant Requirements for Candidates at Tampa General Hospital
To be considered for a lung transplant, candidates must meet certain requirements pertaining to their health and lifestyle. Some of these requirements are mandated by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and are standard for every transplant center. Other requirements are set in place by the transplant center itself and therefore may vary from hospital to hospital.
Tampa General Hospital’s transplant team evaluates every transplant candidate on an individual basis, and can often accommodate candidates who have been turned down by other programs.
However, our lung transplant program upholds the following lung transplant requirements:
- Candidates must be younger than 70.
- Candidates must have a life expectancy of two years or less without a transplant.
- Candidates must not be medically obese.
- Candidates must have quit smoking for at least six months, and must not have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
- Candidates must test negative for cancer, HIV infection, cirrhosis of the liver, systemic disease, and other infections. Candidates also may not have bone marrow failure and must not have a bone density T-score lower than 3.0.
- Candidates must be able to comply with the daily medication requirements and recovery guidelines outlined prior to the transplant.
During the lung transplant evaluation process, Tampa General’s transplant team will also assess a patient’s psychological status and family support system. It’s extremely important for patients to understand the various implications of a transplant, and have adequate financial resources and social support from care partners throughout the recovery process.
To learn more about the lung transplant qualifications and requirements at Tampa General Hospital, please call 1-800-505-7769 (press 3 for the lung transplant program, and ask for the referral coordinator), or call the referral coordinator directly at (813) 844-4088.