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Doctor insights on: Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

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What happens in lung volume reduction surgery?

What happens in lung volume reduction surgery?

Copd: Lung volume reduction surgery lvrs is done for certain COPD or emphysema patients, part of damaged lung is removed allowing the normal lung to expand. Generally mortality does not improve but quality of life may benefit. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Is it possible to have lung volume reduction surgery?

Is it possible to have lung volume reduction surgery?

Yes, possibly: Lung volume reduction surgery is used sometimes for patients with severe COPD/emphysema. It removes the most severely damaged parts of the lung, usually the uppermost part (apex). This improves blood flow and oxygen exchange to the part of the lung that has less damage. Patients need careful evaluation to make sure they are good candidates, and take part in lung rehab programs before & after. ...Read more

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What are the typical results for lung volume reduction surgery for patients with emphysema?

What are the typical results for lung volume reduction surgery for patients with emphysema?

For certain patients: Lvrs is successful in regards to improved survival in a certain type of patient. It helps patients live longer who have their emphysema confined to the upper parts of their lungs on chest ct, and who have poor exercise capacity as determined by pulmonary physiology tests. To understand the role of lvrs in treating emphysema, talk to a board certified thoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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Would a lung reduction surgery help someone with bronchitis not feel so weak all the time?

Would a lung reduction surgery help someone with bronchitis not feel so weak all the time?

No: Lung volume reduction is only indicated in emphysema; not chronic bronchitis. The surgery has specific criteria based on lung function (fev1 > 20%) and that the patient has impaired exercise tolerance. Also the disease has to be affecting mainly the upper lobes of the lung rather than evenly throughout the lungs. Fatigue from bronchitis is usually due to recurrent infection/cough. ...Read more

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How effective is lung reduction surgery for treating copd?

How effective is lung reduction surgery for treating copd?

Not for every one: Lung volume reduction surgery is beneficial for a small subgroup of patients with copd. It is not for everyone. Check with your doctor/surgeon. ...Read more

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Is lung reduction surgery riskier if I have chronic kidney problems?

Yes: Chronic kidney disease increases the risk of any surgery. Be sure to have the doctor who manages your kidney disease communicate with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Would lung reduction surgery help someone with bronchitis cough less?

Would lung reduction surgery help someone with bronchitis cough less?

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. ...Read more

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What are the reasons I might be ineligible for lung reduction surgery for emphysema?

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. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with COPD whose lungs are too damaged for lung reduction surgery?

Varies...: There are many variables so it is difficult to predict. The most important thing for you to do to slow the disease's progression is to stop smoking and avoid second hand smoke as much as possible. If your oxygen level is low enough, use oxygen which will also slow disease progression. Other treatments are available to control symptoms. ...Read more

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