What surgical treatments are available for advanced emphysema?

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Lyall A. Gorenstein, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS), involving removal of sections of damaged lung tissue, has shown promising results for patients with end-stage emphysema. Not all patients with advanced emphysema are candidates for lung volume reduction surgery. For patients who do not qualify for LVRS other options for treatment, include redirection of airflow by means of bronchoscopically implanted stents and valves. These procedures enable trapped air to escape and improve overall lung function.

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