As COPD Progresses: Lung Surgery Options
COPD can eventually make you very sick. Keep in mind that as COPD progresses, it can lead to other health problems. Treatments may be available to help. In some severe cases, surgery may improve COPD options. If this is an option for you, your doctor will tell you more.
Lung Reduction Surgery
A portion of each lung is removed. This helps to open up the airways, so air can travel through them more freely. Since the size of the lungs is reduced in the chest, the diaphragm may have more room to move. This helps get more air in and out with each breath. This surgery can be done for some patients with emphysema. It may reduce symptoms, but it’s not a cure.
Lung Transplant Surgery
The lungs are removed and replaced with healthy lungs from a donor who has died. This surgery may be available for a few patients who are very sick. If you qualify for surgery, you’ll be put on a waiting list for donor lungs. Patients who have this surgery must take medications for the rest of their lives. These keep the body from rejecting the new lungs.