Your PAH doctor will decide when and if surgery is the right treatment option for you and discuss the next steps. Transplant surgery relies on the availability of donor organs. Organ donation services and availability will vary depending on what country you live in. Transplant surgery for PAH can involve replacing the heart and lungs, or just the lungs.
Transplant surgery can considerably improve quality of life and life expectancy. As with any surgery, your doctors will discuss the risks with you, which can include surgical complications, organ rejection and infection. To reduce long-term risks, once you have had a transplant you will need to take anti-rejection therapy for the rest of your life and will be under the ongoing care of an expert team through periodical check-ups.