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Lung Volume Reduction Surgery In Abu Dhabi



Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) is an advanced treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This lung condition is characterized by the destruction of the lung’s air sacs (alveoli) which leads to reduced lung function and difficulty breathing.

Over time, surgical techniques for lung volume reduction surgery have evolved and become more refined. The introduction of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has further made the procedure minimally invasive, with smaller incisions and reduced postoperative pain.

Despite the promising results of lung volume reduction surgery, it remains a complex procedure and needs a fair amount of expertise. Dr Taj Chowdhry is one such surgeon who holds specialised skills in this domain and has successfully performed several procedures for Lung volume reduction surgery in Abu Dhabi.

Lung Volume Reduction Surgery In Abu Dhabi

What is Lung volume reduction surgery?

When your lungs have been severely damaged by acute COPD, lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) can help you breathe easier. The surgery’s goal is to remove the diseased area of the lung, allowing the remaining lung to function more efficiently and improving your breathing ability and quality of life.

20% to 30% of the most diseased portions of the lung are removed during surgery. By shrinking the over-expanded lung, the diaphragm, chest wall, and rib cage can return to a more normal shape and work more efficiently.

Who is the best candidate for Lung volume reduction surgery?

Ideal candidates for this surgery are those who:

  • Have severe lung damage (emphysema), particularly in the upper part of the lung, and are between the ages of 75 and 80.
  • Have been smoke-free for at least six months
  • Are unable to exercise effectively following pulmonary rehabilitation

Types of Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

There are two primary minimally invasive techniques for lung volume reduction:

Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS): VATS is a minimally invasive surgical approach that uses small incisions and a video camera (thoracoscope) to visualize the inside of the chest cavity. During VATS LVRS, the surgeon makes several small incisions in the chest wall and inserts surgical instruments and the thoracoscope to remove damaged lung tissue. This procedure allows for more targeted and precise removal of diseased lung areas, helping to improve lung function and reduce hyperinflation.

Endobronchial Valve Therapy: Endobronchial valves are one-way valves that can be placed into the airways of the lungs using a bronchoscope, a flexible tube with a camera. The valves are designed to block airflow to the most diseased parts of the lung while allowing healthier areas to function more efficiently. By redirecting airflow, the hyperinflated parts of the lung can collapse, leading to improved lung function and symptom relief.

Advantages of minimally invasive lung volume reduction surgery include:

  • Smaller incisions: Minimally invasive techniques involve smaller incisions compared to traditional open surgery, resulting in reduced postoperative pain and faster recovery times.
  • Shorter hospital stay: Patients who are treated with minimally invasive LVRS may have a shorter hospital stay compared to open surgery, allowing for a quicker return to normal activities.
  • Reduced complications: Minimally invasive approaches are associated with lower chances of complications and a reduced risk of infection compared to open surgery.
  • Better cosmesis: The smaller incisions used in minimally invasive techniques often lead to less scarring and improved cosmetic outcomes.
  • Suitable for high-risk patients: Minimally invasive LVRS may be a suitable option for patients who are considered high-risk candidates for traditional open surgery.

It’s essential to note that not all individuals with emphysema are candidates for minimally invasive LVRS. Patient selection is crucial, and the decision to undergo lung volume reduction surgery, whether traditional or minimally invasive, should be made in consultation with a multidisciplinary team of pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, and other healthcare professionals experienced in managing advanced COPD.

Dr Taj Chowdhry-
A specialist in Lung Volume Reduction Surgery in Abu Dhabi

Dr Taj Chowdhry is an accomplished surgeon who specializes in lung volume reduction surgery. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge, which have helped him to become one of the most sought-after specialists in this field. His commitment to excellence and providing the best care possible ensures that his patients get the results they desire.

If you’re considering lung volume reduction surgery, look no further than Dr Taj Chowdhry for outstanding treatment and outcomes. Book An Appointment.