Lung Volume Reduction Surgery for Emphysema (LVRS)
Current medical treatments of emphysema provide a modest degree of palliation, but there is no medical therapy that dramatically improves emphysema patients' shortness of breath or improves their survival. However, lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) may be a viable solution for qualifying patients. LVRS is a surgical treatment for emphysema that could dramatically improve symptoms and, in many cases, increase longevity. Read more about emphysema and LVRS, and watch a video in which Dr. Joseph B. Shrager speaks about emphysema and LVRS in detail. This newer surgical treatment that Dr. Shrager shares has substantially changed the way emphysema is in many cases treated.
If you would like to make an appointment to see one of our surgeons for any of these problems, please call (650) 498-6000 and ask for the Thoracic Surgery new patient coordinator, or call (650) 721-2086.
The Division of Thoracic Surgery in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Stanford School of Medicine is located in the San Francisco Bay Area in northern California. For more information about our services, please contact Donna Yoshida at (650) 721-2086 or Angela Lee, RN, MS, at (650) 721-5402. For new patient Thoracic Surgery Clinic Scheduling, please call (650) 498-6000.