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Lung Transplant Cost In India


  • Surgery
  • Stay at the Hospital
  • Pre-operative Investigations
  • Medicines and Consumables at the hospital
  • Food at the hospital
  • Airport transfers
  • IndiCure assistance

Does Not Include

  • Accommodation outside the hospital
  • Air tickets
  • Visa

Stay Required

  • Stay at the Hospital - 2 to 3 weeks 
  • Stay in India - Varies depending on donor availability
The cost quoted above is indicative and should not be taken as the final cost of the surgery. The final cost can be ascertained after the surgeon has evaluated the patient. The cost in Indian Rupees can vary based on exchange rate.

Lung Transplant cost in India starts from US $25,000 and varies depending on your medical history and condition, comorbidities-if any, surgeon, hospital and the city where you choose to get the surgery done.

Factors that affect Lung Transplant cost in India

We at IndiCure, understand that you travel with a budget in mind and do not like to be greeted by surprises after arrival in India. We thus club all these expenses and give you the package cost that is inclusive and affordable at the same time.

Your case manager shall give you an estimated cost of your surgery after discussing your medical reports with the surgeon. The final cost, however, shall be confirmed after your consultation with the surgeon.

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Best Transplant Surgeons in India

Dr Ashok K Rajput
Dr. (Brig) Ashok K Rajput


MBBS, MD, DNB, Diploma in Chest Medicine

37+ Years

Dr. Ashok K. Rajput has 37 years of expertise as a pulmonologist, and specializes in Respiratory Diseases, Sleep Medicine, Tuberculosis, and Interventional Pulmonology.

Maj Gen Amir Chand Award, Chief of Army Staff Commendation, Vice Chief of Army Staff Commendation, and GOC-in-C (Western Command) Commendation are among the many medals he has received.

He received his MBBS from the renowned Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi, his Diploma from Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, his MD from Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, and his DNB from the National Board of Examination.

Dr Narasimhan R
Dr. Narasimhan R


MBBS, MD, Fellowship, American College of Chest Physicians

36+ Years

Dr. Narasimhan R has 36 years of experience as a pulmonologist. He has performed over 11,000 diagnostic bronchoscopes.

Dr. Narasimhan has performed the most pleuroscopies and is the founder of India's first endobronchial ultrasound unit.

He is a writer for The Hindu's Health Watch Session. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in medicine from Madras University, as well as his FCCP from the American College of Chest Physicians. He has given over 500 pulmonary disease seminars both nationally and abroad.

Dr Raj B Singh
Dr. Raj B Singh


MBBS, MD, MRCP, Fellowship- American College of Chest Physicians

37+ Years

Dr. Raj B Singh has 37 years of experience as a pulmonologist. He is a life member of the Indian Medical Association, the Association of Physicians of India, the Cosmopolitan Club, the British Thoracic Society, the Indian Chest Society, the Indian Association of Bronchology, and the Tower Club.

He earned his MBBS, MD, and MRCP from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPS), Glasgow, as well as a fellowship from the American College of Chest Physicians. He's published 32 times in Indian and international magazines.

Best Transplant Hospitals in India

Fortis Memorial Research Institute
Fortis Memorial Research Institute


Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), the flagship hospital of Fortis Healthcare, is a multi-specialty, quaternary care hospital and is counted among the best hospitals in India and the world. The hospital is considered as "Mecca of Healthcare" and a referral hospital, not only in the entire Asia Pacific but much beyond.
The hospital boasts of an enviable International faculty- the clinicians considered to be among the best doctors in the world and even specialty nurses offer nothing but the best in clinical care. The hospital has the most modern, state-of-the-art, cutting-edge technology in the hands of the most technically sound technicians, who offer clinical excellence beyond comparison.

Medanta Medicity
Medanta THE Medicity


The Medicity is one of India's largest multi super-specialty institutes located in Gurgaon, National Capital Region (NCR-DELHI). Founded by one of the most renowned cardiac surgeons in India, Dr. Naresh Trehan, Medanta was established with the aim to provide the highest standards of medical care to patients backed by clinical research.
Spread across 43 acres, the institute includes a research center, medical and nursing school. It has 1250 beds and over 350 critical care beds with 37 operation theatres catering to over 20 specialties. Backed by the latest and most advanced technology, the institute is counted among the best medical institution in the world and attracts lots of patients from across the globe.

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What is Lung Transplant?

A lung transplant is a surgical operation in which a diseased or failing lung is replaced with a healthy lung from a deceased donor. A lung transplant is intended for those who have tried alternative medications or treatments but still haven't seen enough improvement in their condition.

Your body may struggle to get the oxygen it requires if your lungs are unhealthy or damaged. A range of disorders and ailments can harm your lungs and make it difficult for them to function properly.
The following are some of the more common causes:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema
  • Scarring of the lungs (pulmonary fibrosis)
  • High blood pressure in the lungs (pulmonary hypertension)
  • Cystic fibrosis

Medication or specific breathing devices can often be used to address lung problems. However, if these treatments fail or your lung function becomes life-threatening, your doctor may recommend a single-lung or double-lung transplant.

In addition to a lung transplant, certain people with coronary artery disease may require a surgery to restore blood flow to a blocked or narrowed artery in the heart. People with significant heart and lung diseases may require a combined heart-lung transplant in some situations.

There are 3 main types of lung transplant:

Single lung transplant - A single lung transplant involves removing a single damaged lung from the recipient and replacing it with a lung from a donor; this is commonly used to treat pulmonary fibrosis, but it is not suitable for people with cystic fibrosis because infection will spread from the remaining lung to the donated lung.

Double lung transplant - A double lung transplant, in which both lungs are removed and replaced with two donated lungs, is the most common treatment option for persons with cystic fibrosis or COPD.

Heart-lung transplant – A heart-lung transplant, in which the heart and both lungs are removed and replaced with a donor heart and lungs; this is frequently advised for persons with severe pulmonary hypertension.

Unfortunately, the demand for lung transplants vastly outnumbers the supply of accessible donated lungs.

When is Lung Transplant required?

A lung transplant will be needed when:

  • a person has advanced lung disease that isn't responding to other treatments
  • a person's life expectancy is estimated to be less than 2 to 3 years without a transplant.

The following are some of the conditions that can be treated with a lung transplant:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) - a general term for a number of conditions that damage the lungs, usually as a result of smoking
  • Cystic fibrosis - an inherited condition that causes the lungs and digestive system to become clogged up with a thick, sticky mucus
  • Pulmonary hypertension - high blood pressure in the blood vessels that carry blood from the heart to the lungs
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis - scarring of the lungs
  • Because the cancer could return in the donor lungs, a lung transplant would not be suggested for someone with lung cancer. If you smoke, you will not be considered for a lung transplant.

    A lung transplant is a serious procedure that carries a number of risks. Before the operation, your doctor should talk to you about whether the risks of the procedure outweigh the benefits. You should also discuss what you can do to mitigate the risks.

Evaluation & Finding the Donor

Evaluation and matching procedure:

A lung transplant evaluation is often lengthy and cumbersome. First and foremost, the physician sends the patient to a local transplant centre where the physicians evaluate the patient. This could happen multiple times over the course of several weeks.

In addition to the patient's lung health, the doctors consider the patient's family support, financial circumstances, psychological composition, and any other medical issues.
Several tests are carried out during a lung transplant evaluation, including:

  • Pulmonary function tests
  • Cardiac stress test
  • Coronary artery catheterization
  • Bone mineral density test
  • Chest X-ray
  • Computed tomography (CT scan) of the chest
  • Blood tests for kidney and liver function, and a complete blood count (CBC)
  • Blood type and antibodies present within the blood, for matching against potential organ donors

If the patient is judged to be a suitable candidate for lung transplant after the tests and interviews, his or her name is added to the regional and national organ recipient lists.

The Lung Allocation Score determines an individual's position on the list based on a complex computation that attempts to forecast two things:

  • How long is it likely that a patient will live without a lung transplant?
  • When a patient receives a lung transplant, how long can they expect to live?

When organ donors' lungs become available, people with better scores are given priority.

For foreigners coming to India for a lung transplant, it may take a few weeks to several months before you can find a donor for your lung transplant in India.

How is Lung Transplant done?

The duration of lung transplant surgery depends on the complexity of your case.

  • For a single-lung transplant, surgery will take between 6 and 8 hours.
  • For a double-lung transplant, surgery will take 8 to 12+ hours.

Step 1

The surgery is done under general anesthesia. You will have a breathing tube inserted into your throat and connected to a breathing machine (ventilator). A cut (incision) will be made in your chest by the surgeon. An incision will be made on the side of the chest where the lung will be replaced for a single lung transplant. An incision will be made horizontally across the chest below the breasts for a bilateral sequential transplant.

Step 2

You may be placed on a cardiopulmonary bypass machine, depending on your lung status and the type of transplant being performed (heart-lung machine). During the procedure, this machine delivers blood and oxygen to your body.

Step 3

The diseased lung(s) will be removed and the donor lung will be implanted in its place (s). The blood arteries and airways of the new lung will be connected. The lungs will be attached one by one in a bilateral sequential transplant. Stitches or surgical staples will be used to close the incision.

What is the Recovery after Lung Transplant like?

The patient is shifted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after the lung transplant procedure, where he/she will stay for a few days spending on the recovery.

The patient is on a ventilator until he/she is able to breathe on their own. This could take anywhere from a few hours to several days.

The patient will need to take anti-rejection medications for the rest of life in order for the transplanted lung(s) to survive in the body.

The recovery process following a lung transplant is a long and slow one that tries to gradually improve the patient's health and fitness. Resuming normal daily activities could take up to three to four months.

What Results Can I Expect from Lung Transplant ?

People who have undergone a lung transplant in recent years have had a better outlook, and this trend is predicted to continue.

Approximately 9 out of 10 persons survive a lung transplant, with the majority of these surviving for at least a year.

After a lung transplant, about 5 out of 10 persons will live for at least 5 years, with many living for at least 10 years.

Questions to Ask

We at IndiCure completely understand your concerns and it is always our endeavor to provide the best outcome for every patient. Following is the list of questions you must ask before you embark on your journey for Lung Transplant in India.

  • Is it time for a Lung transplant?
  • Is the surgeon board certified?
  • How experienced is the Surgeon?
  • Which language does the surgeon speak?
  • Is the treatment done in a well-equipped facility?
  • Can you give me any information on outcomes and complication rates?
  • How much pain can I expect, and how will it be managed in the hospital and after I go home?
  • What about the risks involved?
  • Does the surgeon use a certified anesthetist?
  • How long will the recovery period be?

Preparation for the Surgery

Prepare to answer questions about your:

  • Medical history and exams
  • Previous surgeries
  • Current medication review
  • History of smoking, drugs, or alcohol
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Patient Testimonials

  • It is my pleasure to write for IndiCure, since I owe my life to you people. The kind of facilities available here in India are no less than what are available in Western countries. I was told that I should go to the USA for my Bone Marrow Transplant, but the cost there was so very high that I could not afford to get the treatment done there. But only IndiCure made it possible for me to be treated here. They convinced me of the facilities and Dr Bhargava's expertise and actually delivered what they promised.

    I would highly recommend IndiCure and India to anybody looking for medical treatment.

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    Procedure : Bone Marrow Transplant surgery

  • My Liver transplant surgery in India has given me a second life. I had completely lost all my hopes but Shweta and IndiCure have been very helpful and arranged everything so well for me. Dr Rai is the best surgeon I have ever met. I really thank them all.

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    Procedure : Liver Transplant

  • I got my Kidney transplant surgery done by Dr Bhatyal and his team and shall remain eternally grateful to them. They were wonderful. Very professional but very empathetic at the same time. And a big thanks to IndiCure for connecting me with the right surgeon.

    Kudos to them and the entire team.

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    Procedure : Kidney Transplant

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    Procedure : Heart Transplant

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, it is very much possible to get a lung transplant in India. A lung transplant is a procedure that replaces a damaged lung with a healthy lung. People with severe or advanced chronic lung diseases may benefit from lung transplants to improve their quality of life and extend their lifetime.

The procedure can be performed on one or both lungs. Lung transplants can be performed on persons of various ages, including babies and adults up to the age of 65.

Statistics put the success rate of lung transplant as 87% in India. Life Expectancy for 1 year is 80% and 5 years is 50%.

After a lung transplant, about 5 out of 10 persons will live for at least 5 years, with many living for at least 10 years. Some people have reported living for 20 years or longer after receiving a lung transplant.

Though having both lungs is desirable, living and functioning without one is doable. Even if a person only has one lung, they can still live a very normal life. However, having only one lung may impair a person's physical capacities, including their capacity to exercise.

Chronic respiratory failure is the term for when this happens. Shortness of breath or a feeling that you aren't getting enough oxygen, exhaustion (severe tiredness), an inability to move as vigorously as before, and sleepiness are all symptoms.

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