Surgery -- as a last resort -- may help some patients with COPD. Coverage for such procedures varies among insurance carriers. A major drawback is that patients must be in good enough health to undergo major surgery. By the time COPD is advanced, however, this is usually not the case. As a result, surgery cannot help most COPD patients.
The three available surgical options that are appropriate for some patients with COPD are lung transplantation, lung-volume reduction surgery,...Read more