Patient Stories 2015-10-09 Susan’s Lung Volume Reduction Surgery Main Article Content Breadcrumb navigation All/Patient Stories/Susan Fischer COPD Treatment Breakthrough I breath easier knowing I won’t miss the first dance. Treatments for chronic pulmonary disease (COPD). Susan Fischer wasn’t going to let anything keep her from dancing at her son’s wedding – not even severe emphysema. She’d been turned down for a lung transplant. But the pulmonary specialists at Northwestern Medicine saw potential for Susan through lung volume reduction surgery. Damaged lung tissue was removed, giving Susan the confidence to step out on that dance floor. Interested in hearing more from Northwestern Medicine? Sign up for the Healthy Tips E‑Newsletter for everything from health and wellness ideas to patient breakthroughs to academic and medical advancements. 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