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Dr. Marc R Moon, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Transplant Surgery
4921 Parkview Place; Suite 8a
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Marc Moon is a cardiac surgery, general surgery, and transplant surgery specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Moon include lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart problems. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Stanford University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Moon's professional affiliations include Heart Care Institute, Heart and Vascular Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Problems, Lung Problems, Heart Transplant, Aortic Aneurysm, ... (Read more)

Dr. Roger D Yusen, MPH, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
4921 Parkview Place; 8th Floor
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Roger Yusen is a critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology specialist in Saint Louis, MO. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, Dr. Yusen completed his residency training at Duke University Medical Center. His clinical interests include lung transplant, lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is affiliated with Washington University Physicians, Center for Advanced Medicine, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Dr. Elbert P Trulock III, MD
Specializes in Adult Transplant Hepatology, Adult Pulmonology
4921 Parkview Place; 8th Floor
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Elbert Trulock is a physician who specializes in adult transplant hepatology and adult pulmonology. He is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Trulock's areas of clinical interest consist of lung transplant, pulmonary fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, Center for Advanced Medicine, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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All Interests: Heart Problems, Cystic Fibrosis, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Transplant Procedures, ... (Read more)

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What is a Lung Transplant?

Patients who have very severe lung disease may need a lung transplant. The diseased lung is entirely removed and replaced with a healthy lung, usually donated by a person who died. Either one or both lungs can be transplanted.

Contrary to popular belief, lung transplant is rarely used to treat lung cancer. It is a more common treatment for patients with other advanced lung diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, sarcoidosis, pulmonary fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Lung transplant is a serious operation and is generally used as a last resort for patients who have only a short time to live without surgery.

During a transplant, an incision is made on the side of the chest (for a single lung) or in the middle (for both lungs). Patients may be hooked up to a heart-lung bypass machine, which will do the work of moving blood and oxygen through the body during the procedure. After the diseased lung is cut away from the main airway and blood vessels, the donor lung is stitched into place. Surgery may take as long as twelve hours, and a hospital stay of two to three weeks after surgery is not uncommon. For the first hours or day after surgery, patients use a ventilator, or a machine to help them breathe. Tubes will be inserted into the chest to help drain excess air and fluid. During recovery, physical therapy and breathing exercises are used to help the new lung work as well as possible.

Lung capacity is carefully monitored for several months after surgery. Patients who have had a transplant will also have to take anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their lives. These drugs stop the body’s immune system from attacking the new lung. The main risks after a transplant are infection and rejection (when the immune system attacks the ‘foreign’ lung). A healthy lifestyle, including maintaining a diet high in vegetables and lean protein, not smoking, and getting enough exercise, is important to keeping the lungs functioning as well as possible. With proper care, many patients can live ten or even twenty years after a lung transplant.

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