What is COPD?
With COPD, less air flows in and out of the lungs because of one or both of the following problems:
- Emphysema: Much like an overstretched rubber band, the air sacs can lose their elasticity and no longer fully deflate. Carbon dioxide remains trapped inside, preventing patients from taking a full breath.
- Chronic bronchitis: The airways can become thick and inflamed, as well as overproduce mucus, causing patients to feel as if they are breathing through a pinched straw.
A Patient’s Perspective
- COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
- Caused by emphysema (a disease of the lungs air sacs) and/or chronic bronchitis (inflammation of the airways), COPD makes it hard to breathe.
- Without treatment, it develops slowly, with symptoms worsening over time.
- Frequent coughing
- Wheezing and shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
- Lifestyle changes and rehabilitation exercises can strengthen your lungs as well as protect them from further damage.
- Medications can make it easier to breathe.
- Advanced surgical techniques can remove damaged lung tissue, freeing up healthy lung tissue and allowing the lungs to function more fully.
How We Can Help
If lifestyle changes and medications are not enough, our specialists may recommend lung volume reduction surgery to remove damaged lung tissue. Once this tissue has been removed, the remaining healthy tissue functions more efficiently, allowing patients to breathe easier again. Our surgeons are experienced in newer, less invasive techniques, including advanced robotics, that allow them to perform this surgery without separating a patient’s breast bone. The result: a safer procedure and a swifter, more comfortable recovery so patients can get back to their usual activities as quickly as possible.