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Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

​Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) is typically used for individuals with severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  LVRS is a procedure in which a small part (usually around 20-30%) of the most diseased portion of a lung is removed so that the remaining healthier portion of the lung can function more efficiently.  Generally, this procedure is reserved for those that have focal, or localized, COPD.

Diagram: Normal lungs vs. lungs with COPD

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Our surgeons who perform this procedure


This information is provided by the Department of Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. It is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for advice about a specific medical condition.