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Surgical options are available to some people with advanced emphysema.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is probably the most effective therapy for COPD patients with emphysema. Graded physical exercise, proper breathing techniques, education about the disease and available therapies empowers the patient. It improves quality of life and decreases hospitalizations.
If you have emphysema, follow-up care is crucial to managing this disease. You need to become a partner with your doctor in the management of your health.
As Benjamin Franklin wrote, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Realistically, the "cures" or treatments available to doctors and people dealing with emphysema are far more difficult and far less effective than preventing the progression of the disease in the first place.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/30/2014
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