Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS)

What Is Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS)?

Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that removes diseased portions of the lung. The remaining healthy part of the lung can then function better, making it easier for the patient to breathe. 

Who Is a Candidate for LVRS?

Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) is a treatment for end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is only an option if standard medical therapy is not effective.

How Much of the Lung Can Be Removed?

LVRS can remove up to 30% of the damaged lung.

How Is LVRS performed?

At Columbia, LVRS is a minimally invasive procedure, meaning that it doesn't require open surgery. LVRS uses a video-assisted technique to safely guide the procedure. 

What Are the Benefits of LVRS?

In addition to making it easier for patients to breathe, LVRS can improve lung capacity, exercise capability, and overall quality of life in some patients. In some cases, it also may improve survival.


Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction (bLVR)

For some patients, bronchoscopic lung volume reduction (bLVR) may be a better option for treating their COPD. bLVR uses a flexible bronchoscope to place endobronchial valves in the diseased portion of the lung. These one-way valves allow air to leave the diseased parts of the lung, making it easier to breathe.


Lung Volume Reduction Surgery at Columbia

Columbia is a recognized leader in LVRS. We are the only medical center designated as a National Center of Excellence in the New York City area. We also offer bronchoscopic lung volume reduction (bLVR) for appropriate candidates, providing similar results with shorter recovery times.

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