After lung transplant surgery, you'll remain in the intensive care unit for around 1 to 7 days.
You'll be carefully monitored so the transplant team can check your body is accepting the new organ.
The transplant team will be able to see whether your body is rejecting the lung from the biopsy results.
If it is, you'll be given additional treatment to reverse the process.
When your condition is stable, you'll be moved to a high dependency ward, where you'll stay for 1 or 2 weeks.
You'll probably be discharged from hospital 2 to 3 weeks after surgery and asked to stay near the transplant centre for a month so you can have regular check-ups.
For the second month, you'll need to visit weekly for 4 weeks.
After that, for the rest of your life you'll have a blood test every 6 weeks and will be seen at the transplant centre every 3 months.
It usually takes at least 3 to 6 months to fully recover from transplant surgery.
For the first 6 weeks after surgery, avoid pushing, pulling or lifting anything heavy.
You'll be encouraged to take part in a rehabilitation programme involving exercises to build up your strength.
You should be able to drive again 4 to 6 weeks after your transplant, once your chest wound has healed and you feel well enough.
Depending on the type of job you do, you'll be able to return to work around 3 months after surgery.
You'll need to take immunosuppressant medicines, which weaken your immune system so your body does not try to reject the new organ.
There are usually 2 stages in immunosuppressant therapy:
You'll need to have maintenance therapy for the rest of your life.
Most transplant centres use the following combination of immunosuppressants:
The downside of taking immunosuppressants is that they can cause a wide range of side effects, including:
Your doctor will try to find an immunosuppressant dose that's high enough to dampen the immune system, but low enough that you experience few side effects. This may take several months to achieve.
Even if your side effects become troublesome, you should never suddenly stop taking your medicine as your lungs could be rejected.
Long-term use of immunosuppressants also increases your risk of developing other health conditions, such as kidney disease.
Having a weakened immune system is known as being immunocompromised.
If you're immunocompromised, you'll need to take extra precautions against infection.
You should also look out for any initial signs that may indicate you have an infection. A minor infection could quickly turn into a major one.
Tell a GP or your transplant centre immediately if you have symptoms of an infection, such as: