Transplant surgery is where an organ in your body is replaced with an organ from a donor. Transplant surgery for pulmonary hypertension (PH) can involve replacing the heart and lungs, or just the lungs. It is more common in children than in adults, but is rarely used these days. This is largely due to the availability of effective drugs for PH.
Risks and benefits of transplant surgery
Transplant surgery is a high-risk operation. These risks can include surgical complications, organ rejection and infection. Once you have had a transplant you will be under the care of an expert team for the rest of your life. Transplant surgery can improve quality of life and life expectancy in a small number of people with PH. Your PH team will talk you through the pros and cons of the operation.