What are surgical options for people with COPD who cannot have LVRS?
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Columbia University Department of Surgery
Administration Specialist

Not all patients with advanced emphysema are candidates for lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). For patients who do not qualify for LVRS, we provide other options for treatment, including redirection of airflow by means of bronchoscopically implanted stents and valves. These procedures enable trapped air to escape and improve overall lung function. We are a major research and treatment center for these airway procedures and are currently offering several through clinical trials.

Surgeries for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) range from removing diseased lung tissue to lung transplantation. Bullectomy removes giant bullae (big bubbles of lung tissue that aren't functional for breathing) and lung volume reduction surgery removes diseased tissue, usually from upper parts of the lungs. Only select people are candidates for any of these procedures.

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Treatment

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a type of long-term lung disease where airflow in the lungs is restricted, making breathing difficult. COPD usually results after years of smoking; the best way to keep it from getti...

ng worse is to quit. Treatment options include medications, inhalers, pulmonary rehabilitation, oxygen therapy and lifestyle changes like exercise and quitting smoking.
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