Unknown facts about lung transplants
In my experience, people are always curious to hear about organ transplants. They seem particularly interested in how to qualify for a lung transplant, the frequency of the procedure, and how successful the operation is when speaking with me. There are also a lot of assumptions about this life-altering surgery; the biggest one is the assumption that once you receive a lung transplant you’re cured and life is “smooth sailing” after that. That’s certainly a myth and something I often try to clarify when I talk to people about lung transplantation.
In addition to myths, there seem to be a lot of unknown facts about the limitations of lung transplant recipients following the procedure. Just recently, I was talking to someone who couldn’t believe that gardening, because of the bacteria in soil, is off limits for people who receive a lung transplant, along with probiotics (including kombucha). It’s always interesting to bring up the topic of lung transplant around people who’ve never had to think about it and share information to make them more knowledgeable.
What are some of the other unknown facts about lung transplantation you’ve shared with others?
As a patient with IPF, who needs or has received a lung transplant, do you take it upon yourself to educate others about the process?
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