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A successful lung transplant depends on:
- Properly evaluating the person receiving the donated lung
- Properly matching the lung donor to the person receiving the lung to assure compatibility between them
- Expertise in the surgical procedures needed to remove the failing lung and replace it with a donated lung
- Expertise in transplant medicine to ensure the health of the transplanted lung and manage any potential complications such as rejection or infections.
At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, we report our data to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), a regulatory organization for organ transplants. Information for hospitals in the United States performing transplants is shared with the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, which compares and publishes information about patient characteristics, waiting lists, and outcomes by hospital.
The Cedars-Sinai one year patient and graft survival f transplants is presented below, compared to the national estimated survival rate, and the rate which would be expected given the characteristic mix of the recipient and donor (age, disease and blood type, etc.) and the experience of similar patients in the US. These statistics reflect adult patients age 18 and older who had their first lung transplant. Patients who were having other organs transplanted at the same time (multiple organ transplantation) are not included.
Our results at Cedars-Sinai are not statistically significantly different than expected and reflect the high risk patients that we have elected to transplant. We are committed to excellence in the care we provide to our patients and are willing to consider lung transplantation in patients that other centers consider to be too high risk for this procedure.
In the 2013-14 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals issue, Cedars-Sinai once again ranked among America's best in Pulmonology.