I am one of those 10 years after surgery, I can testify to the benefits. That said you have to do the tests and be declared a good candidate else you could subject yourself to a uncomfortable experience without any real benefit. I was judged to be a fair candidate not a good candidate and the final decision was left up to me. I took the chance as I could not take more than a few steps before I had to grab the oxygen. Now I am still oxygen free although I think not for much longer.
if you are a good candidate then you should give it serious consideration. BUT do you own investigation as the recovery can be quite long. I was six weeks in hospital split between ICU and High care. That was 10 years ago so I should imagine they have improved the procedures by quite a bit. The operation if successful will amaze you with the results, however it used to be a very high risk operation and you should arm yourself with the aftercare procedures and be prepared to obey in every way.
I exercise everyday and do yoga but my fev1is 31 they said I am a great candidate for either lvrs or transplant . I use oxygen on strenuous tasks and at night .I guess I am wondering if I should wait
I had the upperlobe of the right lung removed almost a year ago . I'm 53 my fv1 was 19 . I've been on oxygen since 2006 . since the surgery I can breathe much better . I still need the oxygen at times but I feel alot better then I use to. I was in the hospital for 2 weeks. I had it done at UWM in Madison .I live in Racine Wi.so froedert in Milwaukee would've been closer but after 2 years of jumping threw the hoops they wanted me to jump threw they denied me.
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