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Protecting your lungs


Because anti-rejection medications suppress the immune system, people who receive a transplant are at higher risk for infections. Some of the infections you will be especially susceptible to include oral yeast infections (thrush), herpes, respiratory viruses, and fungal infections. You should avoid contact with crowds and anyone who has an infection for the first few months after your surgery. The more immunosuppressed you are, the more at risk you are for infection. Your doctors will try to maintain a balance between preventing rejection of your new lungs and making you susceptible to infection.

Research has shown that gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can damage your new lungs because the acid in your stomach can be aspirated into your lungs. If you tested positive for reflux prior to your transplant, you may need surgery (such as a Nissen fundoplication or a LINX procedure) to treat your reflux disease a few months after your transplant. These surgeries are normally performed laparoscopically through a series of small incisions.

Second-hand smoke is dangerous to your transplanted lung(s). Maintain a smoke-free home and work environment and avoid areas where people are smoking or burning yard waste.

After your transplant, your dedication to your own self-care is vital to your health and the success of your transplant. You can help yourself by taking your medications as directed, being aware of side effects or signs of rejection, following a healthy lifestyle with good nutrition and exercise, and seeking support. Your transplant team will be with you every step of the way to answer questions and offer guidance and care.

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