10 Tips for a Healthy Recovery Following a Lung Transplant


For some chronic lung disease patients, their lung function declines so much that they need to have a lung transplant. However, it’s a complicated procedure and recovery can be slow. To ensure you have the healthiest recovery possible, you’ll need to adhere to a few basic rules, according to the Cleveland Clinic and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

  • Take your medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, contact your healthcare team for advice.
  • Attend all of your appointments with hospitals and other healthcare professionals.
  • Call your doctor if you experience fever, flu-like symptoms, nausea, vomiting, sore throat or runny nose, pain or new tenderness around the transplanted lung, increased shortness of breath or any other new symptom that you are unsure of.
  • Have your blood drawn as directed by your healthcare team.

MORE: Is a lung transplant an option for a pulmonary fibrosis patient?

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