Overview lung volume reduction surgery is used to improve breathing in some people with severe emphysema a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease copd during surgery small wedges of damaged lung tissue are removed to allow the remaining tissue to function better. Lung volume reduction surgery lvrs is a surgical procedure performed to remove diseased emphysematous lung tissue the surgery has been shown to help improve breathing ability lung capacity and overall quality of life in selected patients. The study enrolled 1218 patients with severe emphysema each patient received either lung volume reduction surgery or optimal medical treatment after they completed a lung rehabilitation program . The nett was the first multi center trial to study whether lung volume reduction surgery lvrs was a safe and effective treatment for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease copd of the mainly emphysema type a secondary objective of nett was to identify criteria to select patients who would benefit the most from lvrs. Lung volume reduction procedures for emphysema lung volume reduction is a treatment for emphysema it aims to reduce the amount of air trapped in the lungs about 1 2 of people with copd are suitable for these procedures on this page you can read about emphysema and who will benefit from lung volume reduction lung volume reduction surgery
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