Treatment methods

Perfect preparation for a lung transplant

Based on many years of experience in the field of rehabilitation following a lung transplant, Schoen Clinic has also established a programme to prepare for this major surgical procedure. As part of this, patients who are scheduled or already on the list for a lung transplant are physically and mentally prepared for the procedure in the best possible way. Long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) and non-invasive ventilation will be established or optimised. In addition, we attach great importance to training for our patients and an exchange with other transplant patients. This means that, during your stay at the clinic, what is supposed to be a passive waiting period becomes active preparation for this crucial step in your life.

Surgical treatment methods

Lung transplant

In principle, one or both lungs can be replaced during an organ transplant. The question of which operation is performed depends on the availability of the organ as well as on individual factors on the part of the patient. In the case of pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema, sometimes only a single lung is replaced. A double lung transplant is the method of choice for diseases associated with very frequent and severe infections (e.g. cystic fibrosis).

In addition to the complications that can occur during the surgical procedure and the subsequent stay in the intensive care unit, the long-term prognosis for patients is essentially determined by chronic rejection (BOS). In total, this leads to survival rates of 80 per cent after one year and 60 per cent after five years. These figures are similar in all countries in an international comparison. 

Comprehensive aftercare

A close connection to a lung transplant centre is essential in order to ensure optimal progression over the long term. By continuously monitoring lung function, a rejection reaction can be detected early to allow countermeasures to be taken.