Published: Feb. 12, 2010
Updated: June 6, 2012
New lungs mean new responsibilities. If our team determines that transplantation would be the best treatment for your lung disease, there are many considerations to be aware of before making the commitment to lung transplant.
Among the most important of these is your commitment to give up harmful habits that may damage your new lungs.
Our program does not consider patients for transplantation who are currently smoking or who are dependent on alcohol or other mind-altering drugs. We require potential transplant recipients to be substance-free for at least six months before being listed for lung transplantation.
We have a zero-tolerance policy for tobacco use once a patient has been listed for lung transplantation. Serum cotinine levels -- which reveal any exposure to tobacco -- will be measured at each pre-transplant clinic visit, and patients are advised that a positive serum cotinine measurement is grounds for immediate removal from our lung transplant waiting list.
There are also many issues to consider regarding follow-up care after your transplant. These include:
In addition, if you are accepted as a candidate for lung transplant at Duke, you will be asked to sign a written contract verifying your agreement and commitment to the process.