Lung

Our lung transplant team has a legacy of firsts when it comes to ongoing practice and enhancing the care of our lung patients. A few of these notable events include:

  • 1989: The first single lung transplant in Indiana
  • 1991: The first bilateral sequential lung transplant performed in Indiana
  • 1995: Among the first five Centers of Excellence chosen for Medicare approval for lung and heart/lung transplantation. Cardiothoracic transplant programs receive Medicare approval.

We are one of the few hospitals in Indiana to qualify under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to perform Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS) to help patients with severe emphysema to breathe more easily.

To enhance outcomes in lung transplantation, patients undergo pulmonary rehabilitation and ongoing transplant clinic visits to ensure appropriate progress. Finally, all services are coordinated for reliable transition across the continuum of care.

Lung Transplant Indications 

A patient may be considered for lung transplant surgery if the patient has end-stage lung disease from any of the following lung conditions:

  • Interstitial lung disease (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, inflammatory, collagen vascular, occupational)
  • Emphysema/COPD (including alpha-one antitrypsin deficiency)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Pulmonary arterial hypertension

Upon being referred, lung transplant patients must be reviewed for additional qualifications such as age, current life expectancy and failure of conventional treatment. At this time, our caring team will also consult with patient and family about the risks and benefits of transplant surgery.

Lung Transplant Outcomes 

Because of our dedicated surgeons, we are able to deliver short wait times and treat a higher volume of lung transplant patients. Learn more about our lung transplant outcomes.