A lung transplant is a procedure to replace an injured, diseased or failing lung with a working donor lung. Forty-three hospitals in nine countries offer lung transplant surgery: Brazil, China, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea and the United States. Many transplant surgeries are performed on foreign patients through medical tourism. This is due to the quality of overseas medical care and the substantial financial savings realized by medical travelers.
The recovery time for lung transplant surgery varies between patients. Some people leave the hospital after a week, while others remain hospitalized for much longer. Patients require a number of activities to ensure success after a lung transplant. Many international medical centers offer temporary housing, education sessions, physical therapy, rehabilitation exercises, follow-up doctor visits, x-rays, blood tests and more.