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What surgery options do I have for Cystic Fibrosis?

Related Topics: Cystic Fibrosis, Surgery

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Surgery may be needed to treat complications of cystic fibrosis. Procedures may include:

If your child is not able to get all the nutrients he or she needs from food, a feeding tube may be necessary.

People who need frequent intravenous (IV) antibiotics can have a semipermanent tube placed in the vein so that they do not need to have repeated placements of an IV needle.

Surgery Choices

Lung transplant

What To Think About

Lung transplant surgery is generally recommended only for people who have severe lung damage, because the risks can be greater than the benefits. If you are a candidate for lung transplant, you may have to wait a long time for donor lungs (6 months to more than 4 years). Guidelines from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) strive to shorten the wait time for donor lungs.

For more information on transplants, see the topic Organ Transplant.

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