Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
Lung volume reduction surgery, or LVRS, is a procedure used to remove damaged, emphysematous portions of the upper lobe on each side of the chest.
There are two approaches to LVRS:
- Minimally-invasive approach (thoracoscopy) on each side. Using an endoscope and small incisions in the chest, your thoracic surgeon will remove the top half or top third of the damaged lobe. By doing so, the lung will have less damaged tissue and will be able to breathe more efficiently.
- Median sternotomy. Your thoracic surgeon will divide the breastbone to gain access to both lungs through one incision. LVRS is performed as above.
Your thoracic surgeon will discuss which approach is best for you.