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Patients who are determined to be suitable candidates for lung transplantation are registered with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the non-profit organization that maintains the national patient waiting list and organ matching system.
Depending on the patient's blood type, most patients in the New York region wait an average of six to twelve months before transplantation. During this waiting period, it is critical that patients maintain good nutrition, an exercise program, and overall health, so that they will be strong enough for surgery when a donor organ becomes available.
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