Lung volume reduction surgery is an option for some people with severe, advanced emphysema, a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In these people, the lungs are hyperinflated and cannot expand effectively. During lung volume reduction surgery, between 20 and 30 percent of the most diseased part of each lung is removed, giving the remaining, healthier parts of the lung more room to expand. Lung volume reduction surgery may also be referred to as pneumoplasty or bilateral pneumectomy.
Not everyone with emphysema is a good candidate for lung volume reduction surgery. In fact, it is difficult to qualify for this operation. In order to be a candidate for... read more