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How does surgery help with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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If you have severe COPD with significant lung damage, you may need surgery. Surgery may involve:

  • A bullectomy to remove enlarged air spaces that interfere with breathing. They sometimes form when walls of air sacs break.
  • Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) to remove sections of damaged lung tissue.
  • A lung transplant to replace a diseased lung with a healthy donor lung. This is only done in very severe cases of COPD.

SOURCES: News release, FDA. American Association for Respiratory Care: "Current COPD Treatments." American Academy of Family Physicians: "COPD: Management of Acute Exacerbations and Chronic Stable Disease." American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society: "Standards for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with COPD." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "COPD." Journal of the American Medical Association web site: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease." Merck Manual of Medical Information: Home Edition.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 20, 2017

SOURCES: News release, FDA. American Association for Respiratory Care: "Current COPD Treatments." American Academy of Family Physicians: "COPD: Management of Acute Exacerbations and Chronic Stable Disease." American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society: "Standards for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with COPD." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "COPD." Journal of the American Medical Association web site: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease." Merck Manual of Medical Information: Home Edition.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 20, 2017

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