BACKGROUND: Lung volume reduction surgery is currently being investigated as a method of improving the respiratory function of patients with end-stage emphysema. PURPOSE: This article reviews the current literature on lung volume reduction surgery and proposes a multidisciplinary team approach to postoperative management. METHODS: We did a MEDLINE search and retrieved relevant articles. We selected and reviewed nine medical articles published in 1993, 1995, and 1996; one medical article from 1959; and one of four nursing articles. Overall, the articles describe the different techniques of median sternotomy and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery and unilateral versus bilateral procedures. CONCLUSION: Lung volume reduction surgery is beneficial, but further investigation is required.
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Articles| November 01 1997
Lung volume reduction: surgical treatment for emphysema
Am J Crit Care (1997) 6 (6): 423–427.
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EA Newsome, BB Ott; Lung volume reduction: surgical treatment for emphysema. Am J Crit Care 1 November 1997; 6 (6): 423–427. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ajcc19188.8.131.523
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