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Can you have surgery privately & how much does it cost
I know. maybe I can have that done sometime. My upper left lobe has scar tissue and the right lung is where chest tubes were placed. does not sound good. photo of one of the valves removed after first chest tube placed.
valves are very different from LVRS thats where they go in and remove as much of the top lobe they can thats dieased or scar tissue to give whats left a chance to breathe better
I had lung volume reduction valves done in Nov. 2019. not sucsessful. lung colapsed. chest tubes placed 2 times. Valves removed. I was number 12 at UPMC to have it done. 5 days usual stay in hospital. I was there 28 days. At one point for about 4 hours I was breathing better than I had in over ten years. Covid-19 hit shortly after that and I have been staying home ever since. I canceled follow up visit and am waiting for this thing to be over before follow up. Lung capacity went from 23% to 21% since then. Stopped rehab maint. due to Covid. Hopefully things will get better, so I can try something else.
In South Africa a new method is putting stencils in air ways... Costing R250 000.....giving you a 5 year advantage
Being done at UPMC Pittsburg.
i'm sure if you can afford to pay upfront a certain% i'm sure they would oblige, each one of my lungs caused apoxly a 110,000 dollars to have done, just a idea, but most major places have finical programs to help with what you cant afford, every hospital will be different you would have to ck with yours
I'm not sure but you can ask your Dr about it
Is any of this available in Canada
zephyr valve is available in Australia check out www.pulmonx.com.au hospital in Liverpool Sydney and speciallists who can do it