Evaluation and preoperative management of lung volume reduction surgery candidates

R. D. Yusen, S. S. Lefrak, E. P. Trulock

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The efficacy of lung volume reduction surgery has been demonstrated by improvements in functional status, dyspnea, pulmonary function, alveolar gas exchange, and exercise tolerance. However, surgery has a significant morbidity, mortality, and cost. Surgical outcome is dependent on the clinical, anatomical, and physiological features of the patients and their emphysema. Therefore, the patient evaluation process and the preoperative optimization of medical therapy are crucial for success. Though understanding mechanisms for improvement have added insight to the selection process, patient selection needs further clarification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-224
Number of pages26
JournalClinics in Chest Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997


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