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Miami Transplant Institute

1801 NW 9th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Holtz Children’s Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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What to Expect at Your Lung or Heart-Lung Transplant Evaluation

Our multidisciplinary transplant team will assess your condition and recommend the best course of treatment.

When you have been referred to the Miami Transplant Institute, you can expect a comprehensive evaluation to determine the best course of treatment. An early analysis of your lung condition is desirable because it can lead to better long-term outcomes.

Individual Evaluations

Every patient considering a lung transplant is evaluated on an individual basis. Typically, an evaluation includes an update of your health history, multiple blood tests, breathing tests, urine tests, chest x-ray, EKG, heart function testing, a physical examination, an assessment by a social worker, an insurance review by our financial counselor, and additional testing as needed.

Many patients with failing lungs have other chronic medical conditions. Fortunately, a transplant can be an effective treatment, even for patients with other health issues.

Reviewing the Results

When the evaluation is completed, our institute’s multidisciplinary lung transplant team will review the results of your tests, procedures, and consultations. They may decide that further testing or other treatments are needed or recommend a lung or a heart-lung transplant.
If you are approved for transplantation, you will be placed on the national waiting list of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Organ recipients are matched to potential donors according to blood type, tissue type, and severity of lung disease.

Finally, it’s time for the surgery process to begin.

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When you have been referred to the Miami Transplant Institute, you can expect a comprehensive evaluation to determine the best course of treatment. An early analysis of your lung condition is desirable because it can lead to better long-term outcomes.

Individual Evaluations

Every patient considering a lung transplant is evaluated on an individual basis. Typically, an evaluation includes an update of your health history, multiple blood tests, breathing tests, urine tests, chest x-ray, EKG, heart function testing, a physical examination, an assessment by a social worker, an insurance review by our financial counselor, and additional testing as needed.

Many patients with failing lungs have other chronic medical conditions. Fortunately, a transplant can be an effective treatment, even for patients with other health issues.

Reviewing the Results

When the evaluation is completed, our institute’s multidisciplinary lung transplant team will review the results of your tests, procedures, and consultations. They may decide that further testing or other treatments are needed or recommend a lung or a heart-lung transplant.
If you are approved for transplantation, you will be placed on the national waiting list of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Organ recipients are matched to potential donors according to blood type, tissue type, and severity of lung disease.

Finally, it’s time for the surgery process to begin.