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Smoking and Tobacco

Emphysema

05/21/1998

Question:

My fiancee' has emphysema. He is only 41 years old and was never a heavy smoker. He will be having LVRS surgery on May 20 and I need to know the dangers and prognosis of this type of surgery. Is this surgery done only in end stage emphysema?

Answer:

LVRS surgery is for end-stage emphysema. For additional information on this topic, please see the NetWellness links below titled "Who does LVRS?" and "End Stage Emphysema."

Related Resources:

Who does LVRS?
End Stage Emphysema

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Response by:

Margaret C Sweeney, MD
Formerly, Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati