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Lung Transplant


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A lung transplant involves replacing one (single) or both (double) lungs with a donated organ. It’s a treatment for severe lung disease after all others have failed. Conditions that may require a lung transplant include:

Why Choose UHealth?

Part of the Miami Transplant Institute. We’re part of the Miami Transplant Institute, South Florida’s only lung transplant facility, where you can also receive a heart-lung transplant if needed. You can get all your care within one system, with people who know your history and condition.

Researching new and better ways to treat conditions that lead to lung failure. We perform groundbreaking research and clinical trials for dozens of conditions that may require a lung transplant, including antitrypsin deficiency (alpha-1), bronchiectasis, pulmonary fibrosis, and more. You have access to the latest innovations and clinical trials before considering a lung transplant.

Coordinated transplant team is with you every step of the way. From the first time we meet you to well after your surgery, your transplant team — which can include a transplant surgeon, thoracic (chest) surgeon, pulmonologist, cardiologist, nurse coordinator, physical therapist, and social worker — is here for you, day and night. We manage your condition, coordinate your care, answer questions, and assist with everything from insurance and finances to health and wellness.

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Who is a Candidate?

To decide if a lung transplant is right for you, you will undergo evaluations with your dedicated transplant team. Depending on your condition, you may also see specialists in hematology (blood disorders), psychology, otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), infectious diseases, nutrition, and others who will advise the team of your condition.

Candidates for a lung transplant meet certain criteria related to physical, emotional, and social health and wellness. There are exceptions, but generally, lung transplant candidates are:

  • Likely to lose their life from lung disease within one to two years without a transplant
  • Age 65 years or younger (60 years and younger for a double transplant)
  • Otherwise healthy
  • Supported by family or friends who can assist during recovery
  • Understand and can handle the risks and benefits involved in the process
  • Diligent and able to keep up with appointments and medicines, and recognize complications

What to Expect

If you’re chosen for a lung transplant, we list you on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). You will receive a lung allocation score (LAS) based on your need.

While you’re on the transplant list, you’ll see your transplant team regularly. When the donor organ becomes available, we’ll contact you with instructions to prepare for the surgery, which will take place within hours.

During the transplant, the surgeon will make an incision, cut away the blood vessels and airways, replace the diseased lung(s), reattach the airways and blood vessels, and close the incision. The procedure takes about six to eight hours for a single lung transplant, and up to 12 hours or more for a double lung transplant.

Recovery in the hospital can take three to four weeks. While you’re in the hospital and after, you’ll participate in a pulmonary rehabilitation program to help you breathe better, cope with recovery, and maintain healthy eating and exercise habits. You will take medicines to reduce the risk of infection and transplant rejection for the rest of your life, and have regular follow-up appointments to ensure a healthy recovery.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.

  • Aetna WC
  • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
  • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicaid HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
  • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
  • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
  • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
  • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
  • Argus Vision
  • AvMed Choice
  • AvMed HMO/POS
  • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
  • AvMed Medicare HMO
  • AXIS
  • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
  • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
  • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
  • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
  • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
  • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
  • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
  • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • CarePlus Medicare HMO
  • Catholic Hospice
  • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
  • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
  • Cigna Affiliates
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
  • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Shared Administration
  • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Concordia Behavioral Health
  • CorVel WC
  • Coventry First Health WC
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
  • Coventry National PPO
  • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Coventry First Health PPO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • DentaQuest (ADI)
  • Dimension WC
  • Dimension Plus PPO
  • Doctor's Healthcare Plan
  • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
  • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
  • eyeQuest
  • Florida Community Care (FCC)
  • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
  • Florida PACE (FPC)
  • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
  • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
  • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
  • Global Excel Mgt PPO
  • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
  • Guardian Life PPO
  • HAA Preferred Partners
  • Health First Health HMO/POS
  • Health First Health Medicare HMO
  • Health First Health PPO
  • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
  • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
  • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
  • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
  • Humana EPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicaid HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO
  • Humana National Transplant
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Premier
  • iCare Health Solutions
  • Interlink Health Services
  • International Kids Fund (IKF)
  • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
  • Life Trac
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
  • MDAbroad
  • Medica Medicare HMO
  • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
  • Medicus
  • Metlife Dental PPO
  • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
  • Molina
  • Molina Market Place
  • Molina Medicaid HMO
  • Molina Medicare HMO
  • Morgan White International
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
  • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
  • North Broward Hospital District PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
  • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
  • Prime Health Services WC
  • Quality Health Management
  • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
  • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
  • Sanus Health Corporation
  • Seasons Hospice
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
  • Start Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine AMBETTER
  • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
  • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
  • Sunshine Medicare HMO
  • Tricare South Prime HMO
  • Tricare South Standard PPO
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
  • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
  • VUMI
  • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
  • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
  • Wexford Health State Inmates
  • Worldwide Managed Care