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Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS)


Updated March 31, 2010

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Definition: Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) is a type of lung surgery that involves removing approximately 30 percent of diseased lung tissue so that healthy lung tissue can work more efficiently. It is recommended for a small number of COPD patients who have severe emphysema and who meet very specific criteria.

COPD patients must undergo pulmonary rehabilitation both before, and after this type of surgery. While LVRS has the potential to improve breathing, lung capacity and quality of life, it has not been shown to prolong survival in COPD patients.

To learn more about LVRS and other types of surgical intervention available for COPD patients, read:

Surgical Treatment for COPD: Is It Right For You?

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