Pulmonary Fibrosis News recently published an article I have a great amount of interest in. Since I was listed for a transplant, I have always been interested in research comparing the longevity of life for a double lung transplant patient compared to a single lung transplant recipient. I was listed for a single lung transplant because I had a slight esophageal motility problem (achalasia). For reasons I can’t explain, the notion I wouldn’t live as long with a single lung transplant made me somewhat anxious. I can assure you I do not have this feeling now. I have been able to recover without any complications.
The article is titled, “Long-term Survival Similar Between Double, Single Lung Transplants in IPF Patients, Review Study Finds.” There are over 17,000 participants included in this study. There are different survival rates for patients at different stages in their recovery. The author writes, “these findings suggest that bilateral lung transplants are associated with better lung function right after surgery, but this does not result in a significant long-term survival benefit over single lung transplants.” I certainly hope this is true. I have so far been unscathed in my recovery and I hope to remain vigilant in my desire to be as healthy as I can be.
I am curious to know if any forum members have had either a single or double lung transplant. How has your recovery been?
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