How do I prepare for a lung transplant?

Maintaining or even improving your health during this waiting period is vitally important. Some guidelines include:
  • Exercise as directed by your physician. Keeping active, if possible, will improve your flexibility and endurance and may shorten recuperation time following your surgery.
  • Consult your primary physician and the transplant team for periodic checkups. 
  • Counseling is available to help you cope with what is often a stressful and emotional time for patients and their families. 
  • Follow the diet guidelines and rehabilitation schedule recommended by your physician. This will help you fight fatigue and other health problems that may be associated with lung disease.

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