Review of donor and recipient surgical procedures in lung transplantation

Duy C. Nguyen, Gabriel Loor, Philip Carrott, Alexis Shafii


Lung transplant remains the only durable treatment of end stage lung disease. Efficient surgical technique and preservation strategy are of critical importance in avoiding ischemia reperfusion injury and primary graft dysfunction (PGD), both associated with poorer outcomes. We present our surgical and preservation strategy for both donor and recipient procedures, including endobronchial and intracorporeal lung assessment, mediastinal dissection, lung preservation, donor pneumonectomy, back bench preparation, recipient approach, pneumonectomy, along with the bronchial, pulmonary artery, and pulmonary venous anastomoses.