Eating out at a restaurant. Attending your grandchild’s recital or game. Climbing stairs. When you need a lung transplant, even the little things can be a struggle. At Ochsner, our team will not just fight for your life but for the quality of your life.
Why Choose the Ochsner Lung Transplant Program?
The Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute, the only lung transplant center in Louisiana and Mississippi, is also one of the region’s most active and experienced. We perform both single- and double-lung transplants as well as lung re-transplants in some patients who develop chronic rejection.
The Ochsner team delivers innovative care while also addressing the emotional, financial and practical issues so often faced by transplant patients and their families. While we have performed hundreds of lung transplants, we never forget that what’s routine to us isn’t routine to you.
Our lung transplant patients wait as little as two weeks between scheduling an appointment and seeing a doctor.
Ochsner is a Medicare-approved lung transplant program, and we accept most insurance carriers.
Convenient Accommodations for Out-of-Town Patients
Transplant patients and their family members have a home away from home at the Brent House hotel on the Ochsner campus. Longer-term fully furnished accommodations are also available at the Levee Run apartment complex, which is within walking distance of the hospital.
Meet the Team
The Ochsner lung transplant team is made up of transplant pulmonologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and specially trained anesthesiologists. Our dedicated staff also includes nurses, a financial coordinator, a transplant pharmacist, plus experts in social services and nutritional needs. When you have multiple appointments, your lung transplant nurse coordinator will work with you to schedule them on the same day. After transplantation, our team will be there to provide lifetime care.
Reinaldo Rampolla, MD
Medical Director, Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute Lung Transplant Program
Courtney Shappley, DO
Aditya Bansal, MD
Surgical Director, Cardiothoracic Transplant Surgery
P. Eugene Parrino, MD
Section Head, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Matthew Gaudet, MD, FACS
Stephen Spindel, MD
Who Needs Lung Transplantation?
Lung transplants are not a common procedure. In fact, only around 2,000 are performed in the U.S. every year. When all other treatment options are unsuccessful, however, a lung transplant may be deemed necessary. Candidates for lung transplantation have end-stage lung disease that may be caused by one of the following conditions:
- Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Lung disease due to previous cancer treatments
- Occupational lung disease
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Pulmonary hypertension
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