The Pulmonary Retransplant Registry|
How successful is pulmonary retransplantation?
Improved patient selection, refined surgical techniques and advances in postoperative care have resulted in an improved survival after pulmonary retransplantation. Whereas survival after retransplantation was poor prior to 1992, patients undergoing retransplantation within the past 5 years have experienced average one, two and three year survival rates of 60%, 50% and 40%, respectively. In patients surviving 90 days after retransplantation, 65% were alive 3 years after retransplantation. Our studies have shown that the highest likelihood of survival is in patients undergoing retransplantation who are still ambulatory and free of ventilator support.