New Emphysema Procedure

Nearly three-million Americans have emphysema, a disease that destroys lung tissue, usually caused by smoking.

Lung surgery is one fix, but it carries risks and is not always an option.

Susan Morris considers herself lucky to do household chores.

A smoker for thirty years and practically chained to her breathing machine.

She was told she had lung disease and put on a transplant list.

Then Susan got wind of a new procedure.

Called ‘biologic lung volume reduction’, a gel is inserted through a bronchoscope.

It causes diseased tissue to collapse and healthy tissue to work better.

Then, after a month, the gel bio-degrades.

Dr. Gerard Criner of the Temple Lung Center stated, "Their quality of life has improved. They are less breathless. They can have, makes all the difference between a good day and a better day for them."

Susan's procedure took a half hour and she was home the next day.

This procedure has only been done on six people, all with advanced emphysema.

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