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How long is the hospital stay for a lung transplant?

Lyall A. Gorenstein, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
Recent progress in anesthesia, surgical techniques and postoperative care have dramatically shortened the time patients spend in the hospital. Surgical refinements have reduced the size of the incision required during transplantation. Recent progress in anesthesia, surgical techniques and post-operative care have dramatically shortened the time patients spend in the hospital — an average of 12 to 14 days, down from an average of 20 days.

On average, lung transplant recipients stay in the hospital for two to three weeks following surgery.

After leaving the hospital, patients are expected to return to hospital three times a week for 12 weeks following surgery, for ongoing therapy and medical care, and are monitored for any signs of infection, rejection or medication side effects.

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