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How will my health be monitored while I wait for a lung transplant?

Once you are placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) waiting list, a nurse practitioner/PA and transplant pulmonary specialist will oversee your care, explaining all stages of the process, expediting tests and consultations, and being available to answer questions you or your family members may have. Also during this period, you will continue to be under the care of your referring physician for your primary pulmonary care. Communication between your physician and the transplant team will be ongoing.

If you are having a transplant at Columbia University Medical Center, you will visit the Beverly & Arthur Shorin Comprehensive Outpatient Transplant Center at least every three to four months until the time of your transplant surgery. During these visits, your basic health will be evaluated -- with emphasis on any medical issues that could affect your status on the organ waiting list. Psycho-social issues related to the transplantation will be addressed, if needed, by the social worker and psychiatrist. Additionally, these visits with your transplant team provide you with an opportunity to address any questions or concerns you may have.

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