Has anyone had LRV for copd as my partner is about to undergo this procedure?

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Hiya, my partner was diagnosed 3 years ago and has progressively got worse, admitted via a&e twice since xmas for exasserbations, he has been put forward for Lung Volume Reduction at Harefield, although I know this is a good thing i cannot help but be concerned, does anyone else have any views on this... Many thanks

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    I haven't heard of this. Have you any idea of the waiting time and what is the expected outcome? I have not been very well since November and think I would jump at any opportunity to get moving again. I know being put to sleep by anaesthetic is not something that the doctors would chose to do, but I assume the plus's outweigh the cons.
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    Hi Christine

    There is an LVRS Information Sheet to download on the British Lung Foundation website. Not everyone is suitable by a long shot. Have no idea what sort of waiting time or your suitability, but article says it could be suitable for 
people under 75 who are still able to get out and about. but carries risks.

    Regards, Val.

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    Thanks for your messages, he is due to have the op in about 4 weeks, we have all the information and are aware of all the risks, just a bit scary thats all... If the op works it should relieve his symptoms but we know it is not a cure.... Not sure about the miracle bit but will let you know when he has recovered from surgery... Fingers crossed...
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      Hope all goes well for your partner's surgery satah,  do contact the British Lung Foundation any time about any concerns you have before and after the LVR procesure, but hopefully your partner will have good aftercare and advice from the hospital he is attending.

      The contact website, helpline number for the British Lung Foundation can be viewed from this page:


      Best wishes V


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    I had LVRS 6yrs ago both lungs reduced by 25%

    Initialy after recovery period i did find breathing improved

    But now its my breathing has worsend and i do wonder if the pain and suffering was worthwhile


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