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Susan’s Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

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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.

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