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Does emphysema surgery increase life expectancy or does it just improve quality of life?

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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

For patients with emphysema mainly in the upper part of the lungs, and poor exercise capacity, emphysema surgery, otherwise known as lung volume reduction surgery, can improve survival compared to medical therapy alone.

In brief: Depends

For patients with emphysema mainly in the upper part of the lungs, and poor exercise capacity, emphysema surgery, otherwise known as lung volume reduction surgery, can improve survival compared to medical therapy alone.
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Neither

This is still a treatment where data is very controversial.
Make sure you avail yourself of all possible opinions and make the right decision. Good luck!

In brief: Neither

This is still a treatment where data is very controversial.
Make sure you avail yourself of all possible opinions and make the right decision. Good luck!
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Dr. Rada Ivanov
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Dr. Fernando Torres
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: Good question

It is true that lung volume reduction surgery(lvrs) has not ben shown to increase survival, but increases exercise capacity and quality of life.
One thing to consider though is that one can do lung transplantation after lvrs. So, if you can do lvrs and when the results fail then do a lung transplant, then you achieve both increase quality of life and longevity.

In brief: Good question

It is true that lung volume reduction surgery(lvrs) has not ben shown to increase survival, but increases exercise capacity and quality of life.
One thing to consider though is that one can do lung transplantation after lvrs. So, if you can do lvrs and when the results fail then do a lung transplant, then you achieve both increase quality of life and longevity.
Dr. Fernando Torres
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Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Both

But it depends on what the actual lung parenchymal disease is.
With bullous emphysema involving 2/3 of lung compressing the other part of the remaining viable lung, it is conceivable to achieve both. But, this strictly speaking , is not a true volume reduction surgery which is for diffuse severe emphysema which has a bad prognosis.

In brief: Both

But it depends on what the actual lung parenchymal disease is.
With bullous emphysema involving 2/3 of lung compressing the other part of the remaining viable lung, it is conceivable to achieve both. But, this strictly speaking , is not a true volume reduction surgery which is for diffuse severe emphysema which has a bad prognosis.
Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
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