A 25-year-old member asked:
would lung reduction surgery help someone with bronchitis cough less?
2 doctor answers
Dr. David Cooke answered
22 years experience Thoracic Surgery
No: Lung volume reduction surgery or lvrs is for patients with chronic emphysema, and not chronic bronchitis. Bronchitis is inflammation of the airways. Emphysema is loss of the elasticity of the lung tissue, and ballooning or air trapping of the lung tissue. Lvrs has proven (national emphysema treatment trial) to be beneficial and life saving in patients with poor exercise capacity, and emphysema in the upper parts of the lung.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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