A lung transplant is a surgical procedure in which a diseased or failing lung is replaced with a healthy lung, usually from a deceased donor. Either one or both lungs, or part of a lung, may be replaced in the transplant. Disease or damage to the lungs — from such causes as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and scarring of the lungs from pulmonary fibrosis — can make it difficult for your body to obtain the oxygen it needs to function. Patients who suffer from pulmonary disease may be considered for lung transplant when all other treatments have failed to improve their condition.
Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center is home to the largest heart-lung transplant center in the nation. As the largest lung transplant program in Texas, our team provides world-class patient care with success rates that exceed the national average. We lead the way in outcomes and decreased wait times for transplantation. Our committed physicians and staff work with patients and their families to provide complete medical care and compassionate personal support to help improve the health and quality of life for patients suffering from lung disease.
Through our expanding program and focus on research, we continuously seek new and improved methods to treat lung disease. Our unprecedented experience brings together experts in all facets of organ disease to meet the specific needs of each lung patient.
To learn more about what to expect before and after lung transplant surgery, view our Treatments and Procedures page.
Perhaps the best way to learn about our highly trained transplant specialists at Houston Methodist is through our patients. We invite you to read about their inspiring patient stories and their experience being a transplant patient at Houston Methodist
- Sharon Harbers was just 36 years old when a double lung transplant gave her a new lease on life.
- Phil Langford was diagnosed with emphysema 10 years ago and was completely dependent on an oxygen machine until a lung transplant at Houston Methodist set him free.
- Jose Erasmo Lopez’s daughter works as a heart and lung transplant surgical technician; she knew Houston Methodist transplant doctors would be the ones to save her father.
Our physicians specialize in lung transplantation at the following locations.