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Hello members,

Bullectomy and Lung Volume Reduction Surgery are surgeries that may beneficial for those with COPD.

It may be beneficial for those that have had either of these surgeries to discuss the pros and cons and more in depth how the surgery has affected their condition. Also, this may help others who are looking into having either of these surgeries, as well.

For Lung Volume Reduction Surgery, the goal of the surgery is to remove the area of the lung most affected by disease, allowing the remaining lung to function more efficiently, and improve your breathing ability and quality of life.

For Bullectomy, the goal of surgery is to remove bullae from the lungs, which improve the patient's ability to absorb oxygen by allowing the healthier parts of the lungs to start working more effeciently.

Have you had any of these surgeries? What were your results? Has your condition improved since the surgery?

Are you considering any of these surgeries? What is your condition like currently?

Beginning of the discussion - 9/24/18

Bullectomy or Lung Volume Reduction Surgery?
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Member Carenity
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Hi,  I would love to have this done, but i guess it's up to the Dr.  Where are these surgeries performed ?  I live in the Syracuse area.

Thanks

Bullectomy or Lung Volume Reduction Surgery?
Member Carenity
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@Hidden username‍ your best bet is to look for thoracic surgeons in your area. Have you seen a thoracic surgeon?

Bullectomy or Lung Volume Reduction Surgery?
Member Carenity
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Hello,

 No.  What exactly do they do?

Bullectomy or Lung Volume Reduction Surgery?
Member Carenity • Community manager
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@Hidden username the surgery recommended will depend on your progression of COPD and the doctor's clinical judgment. There is also a new innovative surgery that is very minimal but showing great results. You can read more about it here in the Health Magazine. It is called Zephyr Endobronchial Valve (Zephyr EBV)

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Does anyone have any information concerning the lung volume reduction surgery? Has anyone had it? I just found out I was diagnosed with COPD and was told about this operation by my doctor. I am scare and down. It involves putting coils in it also right?

Bullectomy or Lung Volume Reduction Surgery?
Member Carenity • Community manager
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Hello @Hidden username‍ you are correct ... LVRS is a surgical procedure in which sections of severely damaged lung tissue are removed and where doctors insert special flexible scopes through the patient’s mouth to place metal coils into the damaged tissue of the patient’s lung. The coils return elasticity to the diseased tissue, allowing the lungs to work in a more normal way. see more here https://health.clevelandclinic.org/tiny-coils-help-copd-patients-to-breathe-easier/

Do any other members have an opinions or experience?

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Do we know what hospitals are using this procedure besides Temple in Philadelphia PA.?
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How many Thoracic Surgeons have they trained to date?  Very interested

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