Features February 2009 Issue

New Procedure Improves Lung Transplant Recovery

Bronchial arterial revascularization is being pioneered at Cleveland Clinic.

Lung transplant patients could have an easier time healing with advancements being refined at Cleveland Clinic’s Heart & Vascular Institute. Led by Gosta Pettersson, MD, vice chairman of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the Institute, doctors are developing a way to better restore normal blood supply to the bronchial arteries to help the patients more quickly resume healthy lung function. The health of the bronchial arteries is critical because they supply oxygenated blood to the lungs, as opposed to the pulmonary arteries, which carry deoxygenated blood to the lungs. In addition, the blood pressure through pulmonary arteries is much lower than that of the bronchial artery system, Dr. Pettersson explains.

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