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What happens after my doctors approve a lung transplant operation?

Lyall A. Gorenstein, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
You will be immediately registered with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), a not-for-profit organization contracted by the federal government to operate a patient waiting list and organ matching system. It assures equal access for every patient needing an organ for transplantation. The transplant physician and coordinator will meet with you and members of your family to discuss the decision. You will also have this meeting even if you are not selected as a transplant candidate. A letter detailing the team's decision as well as a summary of the testing will be sent to your referring physician.You will receive a letter documenting the date of the UNOS listing and the requirements for remaining on the list.

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