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Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS)

I was diagnosed with severe COPD in 2001 and spent 8 days in the hospital. They gave me oxygen but I’d heard about a pulmonary rehab program at NY Presbyterian. Since they refused to transfer me there I just walked out and dialed 911.

That’s how I heard about LVRS. I was tested and tested and finally told I was a good candidate. I wasn’t doing very well physically and was taken to appointments by ambulance on a stretcher. So in 2004 I had the surgery and it made a huge difference for me.

I have been on oxygen since the beginning but am able to walk, drive, and shop. I attend pulmonary rehab twice a week and am very happy I was able to have had this surgery. I wish everyone was a candidate.

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  • Janet Plank moderator
    2 years ago

    bunnymusic16: Good for you!

    Janet (moderator)

  • bunnymusic60 author
    2 years ago

    Thanks Casey. It wasn’t as easy as it sounds to switch hospitals. By the time the ambulance arrived my lips were blue and they were the ambulance for the hospital I was in. So they gave me oxygen while I waited for the FDNY ambulance to go to NY Pres. But I am so very, very happy that I was persistent. Smile.

  • Casey Hribar moderator
    2 years ago

    Oh my goodness, bunnymusic60! How frightening! You are truly incredible and such a warrior. I’m so happy you were persistent as well! It seems like it really paid off. I’m also very grateful for your positive attitude…it’s infectious! Please keep us posted on all that’s going on.

    Warmly, Casey (COPD.net Team)

  • Casey Hribar moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi bunnymusic60!

    First of all, I love your tenacity. I loved reading about how you just walked out and dialed 911 when the hospital you were at wouldn’t transfer you. That’s a strong example of taking your care into your own hands, which is so excellent.

    I’m so glad you were able to have LVRS, and that it has made such a positive impact on your life. I’m also happy to hear you’re attending pulmonary rehab! It sounds like you’re taking such positive steps in your COPD journey, as well as practicing self-care. I’ve found another community member’s story asking for personal experiences with LVRS, in case the story is something you’d like to read and/or engage with. You can find it here, https://copd.net/stories/lvrs/

    Please know we’re here for you, and that we’re so grateful to have you in our community!

    Best, Casey (COPD.net Team)

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