Dr. Bremner shares if a lung transplant patient should worry about not breathing during the procedure.
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Graphic: Should a lung transplant Patient worry about not breathing during the procedure? Dr. Ross M. Bremner: The patient is asleep, and they are maintained by oxygenation by the anesthesiologist. We will sometimes use the heart-lung bypass machine if we need to, to maintain someone's oxygenation, but the patient is asleep through all of that. It may be similar to having a heart operation where you put on the heart-lung machine, but sometimes we will sew one of the new organs in, we will oxygenate the patient with their new lung while we sew in the other side. Sometimes patients will get one lung and sometimes patients will receive two lungs in a transplant, and that depends a lot on the disease process, which is causing the need for transplantation.