Lung Volume Reduction
The University of Michigan is the most experienced program in the state performing lung-volume reduction surgery (or reduction pneumoplasty), a procedure that may dramatically improve the quality of life of selected emphysema patients. In this operation, the volume of each lung is reduced by about 20-30% using surgical stapling devices. The University of Michigan program for surgery for respiratory insufficiency is based upon an integrated multidisciplinary effort between our general thoracic surgeons and pulmonologists in the Center's Dyspnea Clinic. A rigorous preoperative patient selection process is in place, and an intensive pulmonary rehabilitation exercise program routinely precedes surgery.
View an informative brochure (pdf) about this procedure.
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