What Is the Survival Rate of Lung Transplant Surgery?


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As of 2015, over 80 percent of lung transplant recipients survive at least one year after undergoing surgery, and about 55 to 70 percent of the recipients survive three years, states WebMD. Seventeen percent of all lung transplant recipients survive 10 years or longer after surgery, states Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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When a lung transplant patient receives two lungs instead of one, the patient's potential for living over 10 years after the surgery more than doubles, according to John Hopkins Medicine. Replacing both lungs removes any residual disease. A patient's age at the time of transplantation significantly influences lung transplant survival, notes WebMD.

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