Compensation for Lung Transplants is Available
Lung transplants for mesothelioma patients take time and money. As a mesothelioma patient, however, you ARE entitled to recover compensation for your costly medical bills and treatment programs.
For more information about how to secure compensation for your medical bills, treatment costs and other losses, please contact us today.
When a patient’s respiratory health has deteriorated to a level at which doctors predict that he or she won’t live long without a healthy replacement lung, a lung transplant may be considered as a treatment option. Lung transplants have been successfully used to treat patients with lung cancer and mesothelioma cancer , two diseases that are sometimes caused by asbestos exposure.
Helpful Resources for Lung Transplant Surgery Patients
Discovering you or someone you love is in need of lung transplant surgery may be overwhelming and scary; however, it doesn’t have to be. For resources and information about the procedure, its benefits and risks please fill out the form on the right and someone will be in touch with you shortly.
Are You a Possible Lung Transplant Candidate?
If you have mesothelioma or another lung disease caused by asbestos, the question of whether a lung transplant will help you will be considered by a number of people:
- Your surgeon
- A pulmonologist (lung specialist)
- Perhaps your primary care physician
- A transplant coordinator
- You and your family members, especially those who contribute to your care
If you are deemed an appropriate candidate for lung transplant surgery, you should know that:
(1) You’ll be on a waiting list for a donor, and you might have to wait for months or even years for a new lung, and
(2) You’ll be taking medications for the rest of your life to keep your body from rejecting the new lung (or lungs).
What Are the Possible Complications of a Lung Transplant?
After a lung transplant for mesothelioma or other asbestos disease and a few follow-up weeks in the hospital, a gradual recovery can be expected, but the possible complications of lung transplant surgery should be kept in mind:
Lung Transplant Surgery for Mesothelioma Cancer Patients
Lung transplant surgery for your mesothelioma cancer may or may not be a viable option. Talk to the doctor who is responsible for your mesothelioma care about the feasibility of receiving a lung transplant, or if you need a mesothelioma specialist use the resources on our site to find one.
Lung Transplant Surgery, The Procedure
Lung transplant surgery is a major undertaking. The surgery can take place only when the right donor is available — not simply when it’s urgently needed by the recipient. The lung transplant surgery may need to be performed with very little notice, such as when a donor becomes available following a fatal accident. In other cases, there is more time to prepare for the donor.
For a lung transplant, the donor’s lung (or both lungs) are very carefully removed and immediately packed for transport to the facility where the recipient will undergo surgery. In some cases, the distance between facilities is rather large, and lungs are vulnerable organs that can be preserved for only about five or six hours.
A lung transplant surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The recipient’s heart is stopped, and a heart-lung bypass machine and an artificial breathing machine are used to maintain the body’s stasis during the removal of the diseased lung or lungs.
The donor lung is put in place and tested for viability and health; if all is well, the recipient’s chest is closed. The patient will spend a number of days in an intensive care unit for observation. During this time, rejection of the new lung or lungs is a definite risk.
How Much Does a Lung Transplant Cost?
The cost of a lung transplant can range widely, depending on factors such as:
- Procedure type (single or double-lung transplant)
- The severity and stage of the lung disease
- The amount of time that is spent in the hospital, before and after the procedure
- The medication used during and after the surgery
- The type of insurance plan the patient has
Compensation for the Cost of the Lung Transplant Surgery
Depending on the nature of the lung disease, patients who undergo lung transplant surgery may qualify to recover mesothelioma compensation for all medical costs and treatment programs. For instance, individuals who have to undergo a lung transplantation following a mesothelioma or an asbestos caused lung cancer diagnosis may be eligible to seek compensation from the individuals and companies responsible for the asbestos exposure that caused the development of the lung disease.
To find out if you qualify for compensation, contact Mesothelioma Treatment Centers today to schedule a private, no-cost consultation with an experienced asbestos attorney who will thoroughly evaluate your situation and fight to ensure all responsible parties are held accountable for your losses.
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