Lung volume reduction surgery provides new lease on life for woman with COPD

Posted: 5/13/2013

From eNews Forest Park:

July is a very significant month for Susan Fischer and her family. Her son is getting married and her daughter is expecting her second child. While Fischer can't wait for all of the excitement to unfold, she has a number of restrictions to deal with on a daily basis. She has severe emphysema, also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is an ongoing and progressive disease that damages the lungs and makes breathing difficult. Fischer was determined to not let her condition slow her down during these important family milestones.

"I want to be able to dance at my son's wedding," said Fischer, a 65-year-old resident of Arlington Heights, IL. "That is my number one goal."

For patients with COPD, even simple tasks such as walking short distances can leave them breathless - an activity as physically demanding as dancing is impossible for many. Determined to make her goal a reality, Fischer was encouraged when Northwestern Medicine® pulmonary disease experts recommended a treatment called lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). Read more.