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If you are planning to have a lung transplant, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Rejection of the donor lung (your body's immune system attacks the new lungs)
- Conditions related to taking immunosuppressant drugs (increase your risk for infection and cancer)
- Anesthesia-related problems
Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.
Call Your Doctor
After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills—You are at an increased risk for infection because of the immunosuppressive drugs.
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
- Cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe nausea or vomiting
- Increased sputum (phlegm) production
- Coughing up blood
- Waking up at night due to shortness of breath
- Sudden headache or feeling faint
- Changes in weight or blood pressure
- Chest pain or sensation of your heart fluttering, missing beats, or beating erratically
- Pain, burning, urgency, frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine
- Excessive tiredness or swelling of feet
In case of an emergency, CALL 911.