The team at the Nebraska Medicine Lung Transplant Program offers medical and surgical options for the treatment of end stage lung disease. As the only lung transplant program in the state of Nebraska, we strive to provide patients with comprehensive and compassionate care. Your transplant team will work with your primary care provider and primary pulmonologist to ensure you are receiving maximal medical therapy prior to pursuing lung transplantation.

Treatment options include:

  • Single-lung transplant
  • Double-lung transplant
  • Re-transplantation
  • Heart/lung transplant
  • Lung transplant with surgical treatment of cardiac disease, including coronary artery disease

You'll benefit from our multidisciplinary team of surgeons, physicians, respiratory therapists, psychologists, social workers, dietitians and nurses. These professionals will guide you through a comprehensive process and provide extraordinary care to you and your family.

What to expect

During your first visit, you may participate in testing to include tests of lung function, labs, and a test of exercise capacity. During our in-depth visits, you and your care partners will meet with a provider who will review your medical history and discuss treatment and transplant options. Learn more about what you can expect during your lung transplant evaluation and lung transplant operation.

Why choose Nebraska Medicine

Our program has excellent patient outcomes. We have a shorter waiting list than many other programs, which means our failure to transplant from the waiting list and time from listing to transplant is well below the national average. Our team provides personalized 24/7 transplant specialty care. We have experience with complex cases, including heart/lung transplant and lung transplant with surgical treatment of cardiac disease, including coronary artery disease.

We participate in both local and national research initiatives, including registries and collection of samples from patients for future research. The transplant program has been on the cutting edge of recent innovations in donor selection and organ preservation that have enabled a low wait list mortality and short wait list time.

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  • Refer your patient for transplant

    ​When your patient requires the most innovative and unique transplant services available, Nebraska Medicine provides one of the most successful programs in the country.

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  • Receive a transplant organ

    Learn how to become a potential organ transplant patient, find contact information and read about next steps after referral.

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  • Are you a candidate for a lung transplant?

    A lung transplant is recommended when medical therapies have been maximized but severe dysfunction remains, which significantly affects quality of life and life expectancy.

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  • How the lung transplant waiting list works

    Our transplant team will consider all information from interviews, a patient’s medical history, physical examination and diagnostic tests. These steps will determine whether you are a candidate for lung transplantation.

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  • What to expect during your lung transplant evaluation

    To be considered as a candidate for a lung transplant, you will first undergo a thorough transplant evaluation. The evaluation will help our transplant team learn more about you and your disease.

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  • What to expect during your lung transplant operation

    Before going into any surgery, you and your family should have a full understanding of the process. Our team will answer any questions you have and keep everyone in-the-know throughout.

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  • Common signs and symptoms your body is rejecting the lung

    As with any surgery, there are risks associated with your lung transplant. However, by understanding the potential dangers and what to do if you experience any of the symptoms listed below, you can help assure a positive outcome.

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  • Lung transplant care after you head home

    Our lung team continues to closely follow and monitor your progress throughout the life of your transplanted organ. This includes regular appointments and tests, as well as biopsies of the transplanted lung.

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  • Adult Extracorporeal Life Support

    What is Adult Extracorporeal Life Support and who needs it? These are two of the questions Nebraska Medicine answers in our Family Guide to Adult Extracorporeal Life Support.

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  • Meet our lung transplant team

    See names and links to biographies of the Nebraska Medicine lung team.

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  • Lung transplant FAQ

    Here are some answers to common questions we receive about lung transplants.

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  • External resources our transplant team recommends

    Our transplant team also recommends taking a look at these additional helpful resources.

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