Lung Transplant Waiting List

Patients frequently deal with emotional stress when their name is finally approved for placement on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) transplant waiting list. The average time from being placed on the waiting list to donor match is around two years for a single lung transplant, and up to three years for a double lung transplant.

The UH Lung Transplant Program provides support groups for patients and families to offer assistance during this waiting period. One of our transplant coordinators can provide information on when these groups are offered and how to register.

Additionally, while the patient is on the waiting list, the UH Lung Transplant team will continue to follow up regularly to ensure excellent medical care and quality of life. The team will update the patient’s health information every three to six months and provide this information to UNOS.