In people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the structure of the lung weakens. The alveoli, tiny sacs of air where carbon dioxide is exchanged for oxygen, may become damaged. If the alveoli break down, they may form larger pockets of air called bullae. As bullae become larger, they can burst, causing a collapsed lung (pneumothorax) or serious infections.
Bullectomy is the surgical removal of one or more bullae. Bullectomy can improve lung function in some people with COPD and help them breathe more easily. However, not everyone needs or is a good candidate for bullectomy. Bullectomy may be considered if you have bullae that are larger than one-third... read more