What is lung volume reduction surgery?
Lung volume reduction surgery is an operation to treat emphysema. It is done to improve breathing by removing the most over inflated and diseased parts of the lung. This has two effects: breathing feels easier and healthier parts of the lung can expand and work better. Only certain people benefit from surgery so you will have a detailed specialist assessment before being considered for surgery. Surgery can be done on one lung or both lungs either at the same time or at different times. Please discuss this with your surgeon. If you are suitable, the operation can improve symptoms of breathlessness, improve ability to exercise and prolong your life. The surgery does not cure emphysema, over time your breathing will decline again.