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What happens before a lung transplant operation?

When a compatible donor organ becomes available, lung(s) must be transplanted into the recipient within about six to eight hours after procurement. Members of the transplant team personally travel to the organ donor's hospital to ensure that the lung(s) are suitable for transplantation prior to surgery; if there is damage, infection, trauma or another problem in the lungs, the transplant surgery will be canceled. While the donor lungs are being examined, the candidate patient simultaneously undergoes a variety of pre-surgical tests and is prepared for surgery.

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