Lung Transplant Patient Evaluation

Specialists within the Lung Transplant Program of University Hospitals Transplant Institute are passionate about giving new life to patients with diseased lungs. From the first meeting and pre-transplant evaluation through post-transplant follow-up visits, our dedicated team guides patients and their families through each phase of the lung transplant process.

Members of your transplant team will include:

  • Nurse coordinators
  • Pulmonologist (lung disease specialist)
  • Transplant surgeon
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Social worker
  • Psychologist or psychiatrist
  • Dietitian
  • Spiritual service representative
  • Pharmacists
  • Insurance specialist to discuss coverage of the transplant process

Tests and Assessments

This dedicated team focuses on each patient’s health prior to the lung transplant, performing the following detailed evaluations:

  • Blood tests to help determine a good donor match and improve the chances that the donor organ will not be rejected.
  • Diagnostic tests to assess the patient’s lungs as well as their overall health status. Tests may include X-rays, ultrasound procedures, computed tomography (CT) scan, pulmonary function tests, lung biopsy and dental examinations. Additionally, women may receive a gynecology evaluation, Pap test and mammogram, while men may receive a PSA test.
  • Psychological and social evaluations to measure patient stress, financial concerns and level of support by family and/or significant others since these issues can significantly impact the outcome of a transplant.
  • Immunizations to decrease the chances of developing infections that can affect the transplanted lungs.
  • Smoking cessation support to help those who recently quit smoking maintain their nicotine-free lifestyle

Locations

UH Transplant Institute has an Education and Evaluation Center in Akron, Ohio, for patients in Northeast Ohio who live outside Cleveland and its suburbs. This satellite location offers pre-transplant evaluation services. All transplant procedures and post-transplant follow-up care are performed in Cleveland at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.