Lung volume reduction surgery is used to improve breathing in some patients with severe emphysema, a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). During surgery, small wedges of damaged lung tissue are removed to allow the remaining tissue to function better.
During lung volume reduction surgery, a thoracic surgeon removes small wedges of damaged lung tissue, usually about 20 to 30 percent of each lung, to allow the remaining tissue to function better. As a result, the diaphragm contracts and relaxes more effectively and efficiently, so patients can breathe more easily.
To determine whether a patient might benefit from lung volume reduction surgery, a Deborah® physician may recommend the following:
After surgery, patients often have less shortness of breath, have better quality of life and are better able to exercise.