What Is Lung Volume Reduction Surgery?

What We Know about Lung Volume Reduction Surgery?

Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) is a surgical procedure that helps to remove diseased, emphysematous lung tissue. LVRS is designed to help you breathe better. This procedure reduces the size of an over-inflated lung and makes it possible for the remaining (other more functional part of the lung) to expand and grow.

Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) is done on people that have certain Lung conditions that are Severe. For example, cases of severe emphysema [1]. Emphysema is a common type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), also cases of  disabling dyspnea that is shortness of breath of having difficulty breathing, and evidence of severe air trapping (when air is trapped in the lungs and the passageway is blocked due to emphysema or other lung disease).

Emphysema is the most common lung condition that requires lung volume reduction surgery. It is an ongoing and progressive that has its main cause as cigarette smoking. The disease damages the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe.