In preparing for your lung volume reduction surgery, you must follow your doctor’s orders.
To determine whether your may benefit from lung volume reduction surgery is the main goal of the evaluation process.
This evaluation is also an opportunity to optimize all aspects of care critical to the good quality of life for someone with emphysema, including physical activity, stress reduction, medications, oxygen requirements, smoking cessation or anything else identified by your team of doctors and therapists.
The evaluation will include:
Confirmation of the type of advanced emphysema that benefits most from surgery.
A clinical, imaging and physiological evaluation including tests of your heart and lung function, a CT scan of your lungs to assess the severity and location of the emphysema, and exercise tests
Initiation of the process of pulmonary rehabilitation.
5 What to Expect
Here you can find out what to expect from your lung volume reduction surgery.
You will be referred to a thoracic surgeon who specializes in surgical procedures of the organs in the chest.
He will remove smell wedges of damaged lung tissue to allow the remaining tissue to function better.
The diaphragm contracts and relaxes more efficiency and effectively as a result of the procedure.
6 Procedure Results
Understanding the results of your lung volume reduction surgery will be made possible by your doctor.
The benefits of lung volume reduction surgery include:
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