You need a lung transplant. At UVA Health, you'll find the UVA Transplant Center offers the latest innovations, technology, and trusted specialists.
But what truly sets us apart: Our team. We care for you as an individual, before, during, and after your lung transplant. You'll experience a community environment unique to UVA.
The result? Outcomes that rate, year after year, well above the national average.
A lung transplant can be a complex and scary thing. Learn more about what to expect. Download our free lung transplant handbook (PDF).
Team Approach to Lung Transplant
At UVA, we're committed to finding you lungs as soon as possible.
TransMedics™ Organ Care System (OCS)
Lungs can live about 6 hours outside the body. But a high-tech device can now extend that window of time. This means we can look for lungs nationwide. You can get the best lungs available in the country.
The TransMedics™ Organ Care System (OCS) saves lungs in a controlled environment. The portable device monitors the organs as they travel. Giving lungs the blood and air they need, the OCS can even improve the lungs' quality.
Call us to discuss how you can reduce your wait time by listing at UVA in addition to your current center.
Lung transplants treat a range of lung diseases that don't respond to other treatments. Pulmonary conditions that qualify include:
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Pulmonary hypertension
Factors that could disqualify you, due to the high risk of complications, include:
- Untreatable dysfunction in other organs
- Active use of nicotine products (including nicotine patches, chewing tobacco, electronic cigarettes, vaping)
- Drug and/or alcohol abuse
- Recent history of active cancer
During the evaluation process, we'll determine if transplant alternatives exist. We'll try to help you address or improve health problems before the surgery.
Learn more about what the evaluation process entails.
Supportive Care for Lung Transplant Patients
Patrick shares his experience with choosing UVA for his lung transplant. The support group helped him feel more confident in his decision. He now enjoys life with more energy than before. View lung transcript.