This surgery removes some of your bad lung tissue to allow the rest of your lung to have more room to breath. I am having this surgery and am wondering if anyone else in the group has had it.
Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS) - COPD Friends
What a coincidence. In the education part of my pulmonary rehab program on Friday the person sitting next to me had had it done at the University of Washington Hospital at the end of last year and said that "it changed her life". The pulmonologist conducting the class explained it to us and all one had to go through to get to the point of having the surgery. Good luck mlej. Please let us all know how you do.
Medicare covers if you have the surgery at a hospital that participated in the nationwide study of LVRS (ask your pulmonologist.)
Your upper lobes have to be the worst part of your disease and you have to be retaining lots if air.
It did not go well. The surgeon discovered I have adhesions (meaning my lung was stuck to the pleural wall) so he could not remove the lobe. He tried in three different spots.
The surgeon had given a friend of mine a new lease on life the year before. My problem was they could not tell that my lungs were stuck. People with COPD have poorly moving lungs.
I'm very sorry that it didn't work out for you. Don't give up keeping on, let's give this disease a run for the money. I get so discouraged a lot but I push and push, I'll fight til I can't anymore. Plz stay in touch and take care of yourself ok. I'll keep you in my prayers. Look forward to hearing from you💜🙏