A 24-year-old member asked:
what are the reasons i might be ineligible for lung reduction surgery for emphysema?
2 doctor answers
Dr. David Cooke answered
22 years experience Thoracic Surgery
There are many: There are strict criteria for someone to be eligible for lung volume reduction surgery. The best approach is to seek the opinion of a board certified thoracic surgeon.
Answered on Feb 21, 2013
Dr. Craig Carter answered
40 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Multiple: The disease should be focused in discreet areas. The patient has to have stopped smoking. Exercise tolerance needs to be sufficiently depressed so that the surgery is needed in the first place. Other medical conditions may make any surgical intervention a major risk. A full evaluation should be done before proceeding.
Answered on Nov 24, 2012
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