Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) continues to stimulate controversy and spirited discussion. The purpose of the operation is to palliate dyspnea and improve functional status and quality of life for highly selected patients with emphysema. The value of LVRS as a palliative procedure is clearly dependent on the surgeon's ability to minimize the frequency and severity of postoperative complications. This article investigates the sources of morbidity and mortality after LVRS and reports techniques to avoid and manage such complications.
- Lung volume reduction surgery
- Postoperative complications
- Pulmonary emphysema