Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS) is often the last treatment option available for people suffering from severe emphysema or COPD. LVRS offers an greatly improved quality of life.
During this procedure, 20-30 percent of the lung area damaged by emphysema can be removed to allow the remaining tissue and surrounding muscles to work. This make breathing easier.
"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 for more than 350 patients.
Dr. Hazelrigg talks about how LVRS works.