During your first appointment, you will meet your transplant team and be scheduled for evaluation testing at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. A full outpatient clinic evaluation will determine whether listing for transplant would be an appropriate option for you.
The evaluation includes extensive pulmonary and cardiovascular testing, multiple tests that evaluate general health, lab work, education, surgeon and pulmonologist evaluations and a social work consultation. Transplant candidates must be in good overall health, since the surgery is difficult and medications taken after transplant are very hard on several body systems including bones, kidneys and liver.
You may also have consultations with a transplant infectious disease specialist (if needed) and other professionals who may be appropriate to your condition.
Every patient moving forward with testing for lung transplant will also have a psychosocial assessment with a social worker. This evaluation will help determine if you have the mental stability, motivation and personal support to meet the challenges of transplantation. In order to optimize preparedness and planning and meet your needs and the needs of your family, we also closely work with our Palliate Medicine Service headed by Dr. Ellin Gafford.
Patients will take part in a comprehensive education program that details the surgical procedure, medications, recovery and rehabilitation associated with the transplant process.
It is preferred that these tests be completed at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, but depending on your geographic location or payer preference, they may be completed closer to your home. Ask your coordinator if this is an option for you.
Transplant physicians send follow-up letters to the referring physician summarizing the pre-transplant clinic visit and any additional information required. Once the evaluation is complete, we submit the clinical data received for insurance authorization.
The transplant team evaluates the information gathered and determines whether transplantation is appropriate. We will also determine what additional information is needed prior to placing you on the transplant list. Once the evaluation is complete, your coordinator will present your case to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Patient Selection Committee for approval.