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.
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