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Will getting lung reduction surgery fix my subcutaneous emphysema?
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
4 doctors agree
In brief: No
Subcutaneous emphysema is usually the result of a collapsed lung (pneumothorax).
It is treated with placing a drainage tube between the ribs to "suck" the air out from around the collapsed lung and allow it to reexpand. Subcut. Emphysema can take days to resolve even after the lung expands. Lung volume reduction surgery is really an elective procedure rather than treatment for an acute process.

In brief: No
Subcutaneous emphysema is usually the result of a collapsed lung (pneumothorax).
It is treated with placing a drainage tube between the ribs to "suck" the air out from around the collapsed lung and allow it to reexpand. Subcut. Emphysema can take days to resolve even after the lung expands. Lung volume reduction surgery is really an elective procedure rather than treatment for an acute process.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Jon Wee
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Subcutaneous emphysema is the results of air tracking from the lungs through the chest wall and into the subcutaneous space.
It is actually more of a cosmetic problem as it can look very disturbing. The main problem is the air leak from the lungs. You can drain the leaking air and keep the lungs inflated with chest tubes, but if it persist, you may have to consider surgery to seal the leak.

In brief: No
Subcutaneous emphysema is the results of air tracking from the lungs through the chest wall and into the subcutaneous space.
It is actually more of a cosmetic problem as it can look very disturbing. The main problem is the air leak from the lungs. You can drain the leaking air and keep the lungs inflated with chest tubes, but if it persist, you may have to consider surgery to seal the leak.
Dr. Jon Wee
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Dr. Savas Mavridis
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Subcutaneous emphysema is a complication related to your lung emphysema or blebs beeing present in your lung.
Air leaking from your lungs tracks under the skin and causes subcutaneous emphysema. Lung volume reduction should help as well improve your breathing overall. You need to discuss your surgical options with a thoracic surgeon experienced in lung volume reduction surgery.

In brief: Yes
Subcutaneous emphysema is a complication related to your lung emphysema or blebs beeing present in your lung.
Air leaking from your lungs tracks under the skin and causes subcutaneous emphysema. Lung volume reduction should help as well improve your breathing overall. You need to discuss your surgical options with a thoracic surgeon experienced in lung volume reduction surgery.
Dr. Savas Mavridis
Dr. Savas Mavridis
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