Posted by LVRS | Posted on 10-07-2014| Posted in
Lung Volume Reduction Surgery is often the last treatment option available for people suffering from severe emphysema or COPD. LVRS offers a greatly improved quality of life for qualifying patients for these patients.
During this procedure, 20 to30 percent of the lung area damaged by emphysema can be removed to allow the remaining tissue and surrounding muscles to work more efficiently, making breathing easier. By removing the damaged tissue, the diaphragm can relax and be able to move up and down while breathing. In turn, this enables the compressed lung tissue to re-expand so less air is trapped and high negative pressures, which cause the airways to collapse, can be reduced.
“While there’s no cure for severe emphysema or COPD, we can improve the lives of those patients who meet the criteria for this procedure,” according to Dr. Stephen Hazelrigg, a cardiothoracic surgeon with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, who has performed lung-volume reduction surgery at Memorial Medical Center for more than 450 patients.
The rarity of this procedure can lead to a lot of questions for patients, as well as some myths. That’s why we looked to Dr. Hazelrigg to bust the three most prevalent myths about this life-changing procedure. Read the rest of this entry »