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Would lung reduction surgery help someone with bronchitis cough less?
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Craig Carter
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: Possibly
It is likely that the bronchitis contributed more to the emphysema leading to lung volume reduction surgery than the other way around.
Control of the bronchitis is still required.

In brief: Possibly
It is likely that the bronchitis contributed more to the emphysema leading to lung volume reduction surgery than the other way around.
Control of the bronchitis is still required.
Dr. Craig Carter
Dr. Craig Carter
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