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Busting the Top 3 Myths about Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

Posted by | Posted in LVRS | Posted on 10-07-2014

LVRS-Quiz-QuestionLung 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 »

Breathe Easy: Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

Posted by | Posted in LVRS, Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 22-08-2013

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Nancy Bettis, LVRS Patient

Last year, Nancy Bettis couldn’t vacuum her living room without having to take a break to catch her breath. Now, she bowls four days a week, knocking down pins like she never stopped.

“I got out of the hospital on the 19th of December,” Nancy said, “and I went back to bowling in February.”

Nancy’s saving grace was Lung Volume Reduction Surgery, or LVRS. LVRS is often the last treatment option available for people suffering from severe emphysema or COPD, and offers a greatly improved quality of life for qualifying patients.

“People who qualify for this procedure are pretty severe cases,” said Stephen Hazelrigg, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine who has performed nearly 450 LVRS procedures. “They are extremely limited in what they can do at this stage. So, they’re grateful for any improvement.” Read the rest of this entry »

“Phenomenal” Procedure Helps Patients Breathe Easier

Posted by | Posted in LVRS, Memorial Medical Center, Videos | Posted on 06-05-2011

Steve Madden began to feel ill right before a trip he and his wife had planned for London. By the time they arrived in their hotel room, luggage in tow, he was gasping for breath. He didn’t leave the room for the next two days.

“It’s a pretty hopeless feeling,” he recalls.

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