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Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

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.


How does it work?

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.


Am I a good candidate for treatment?

To determine whether a patient might benefit from lung volume reduction surgery, a Deborah® physician may recommend the following:

  • Imaging, including tests of heart and lung function, exercise tests, and a CT scan of your lungs to assess the severity and location of the emphysema
  • Initiation of pulmonary rehabilitation, a program that empowers patients to take care of themselves by increasing awareness of their physical function and emotions

What can I expect after treatment?

After surgery, patients often have less shortness of breath, have better quality of life and are better able to exercise.