There's a Doctor at the St Banard Hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas that does it. I asked my pulmonary Dr. to let me have another chance at the test because I don't know about you but I'd rather die trying to do something than just wait and suffer and That's what I'll be doing if I can't get something done. He wouldn't do it so I'm going somewhere else. I have an appointment at U.A.M.S, in Little Rock, Ar. to see what they can do. Prayers that you get some help..
Thanks for the advice. Getting close to my initial valve interview (5/12) and was wondering about the thoughts of others regarding the valve. Nervous!
If you're interested in the Zephyr valves, I suggest you go to www.pulmonx.com; that's the website for the company that makes them. One of the things you can do on that site is find a list of all the places in the US where the valves are implanted. You will probably find one of two places reasonably close to you. At that point you can make an appointment with one of the people who actually do the procedure and get tested. I'm sure there are upper and lower limits of lung function test results, but they may not all be the same. I've found that sometimes the centers shift things a bit in one direction or another. I would definitely try to find out how many of these procedures both the center itself and the person who would do the procedure have actually done. You probably aren't interested in being the first one done!
That said, the testing is very complete and if nothing else, you'll learn a lot about your COPD if you ask questions and pay attention. If you don't qualify, that's one thing, but if you do you can be pretty sure that you have a good chance of a reasonably good outcome.
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