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How can bullectomy surgery help with treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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If other treatments don't work and your COPD is severe, you might need a bullectomy. Air sacs are the tiny pouches in your lungs where oxygen travels into your blood vessels. COPD destroys the walls of these air sacs. When the walls come down, they create large spaces in your lungs, called bullae. These bullae make it hard to breathe. Bullectomy is surgery to remove the air spaces and improve the flow of air in your lungs.

From: Treatments for COPD WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Lung Association: "Managing Your COPD Medications."

American Family Physician: “Treatment of Stable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: the GOLD Guidelines.”

Mayo Clinic: "COPD Treatment."

National Health Service: "Bronchodilators -- Side Effects."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is COPD Treated?" "What Causes COPD?" "What is COPD?"

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on March 14, 2019

SOURCES: American Lung Association: "Managing Your COPD Medications."

American Family Physician: “Treatment of Stable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: the GOLD Guidelines.”

Mayo Clinic: "COPD Treatment."

National Health Service: "Bronchodilators -- Side Effects."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is COPD Treated?" "What Causes COPD?" "What is COPD?"

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on March 14, 2019

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