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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Treatment Information
COPD is treated in a variety of ways depending on the type of COPD and its severity. Prescription inhalers such as bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids are prescribed to many patients. Other patients may require oxygen therapies, where you use a mask to breathe in more concentrated doses of oxygen. Some surgeries to remove damaged portions of the lungs are used when medications and other therapies are not effective. For the most severe cases of COPD, however, a lung transplant may be necessary.
IU Health Pulmonology & Respiratory Care physicians offer a full range of treatment options for mild to severe cases of COPD, including:
- Education. Our specialists provide education on lifestyle changes that reduce the severity of your COPD symptoms, such as eating well and exercising safely.
- Smoking cessation support. Quitting isn’t easy, but our physicians give you the support and resources you need to kick the habit.
- Prescription medications. For some patients with COPD, prescription medications such as inhalers make breathing easier.
- Pulmonary rehabilitation. Pulmonary rehabilitation uses different physical and breathing exercises to improve lung function and monitor lung health.
- Oxygen therapy. Because COPD keeps your body from getting the oxygen it needs, you may use oxygen therapy to help your body work properly.
- Bullectomy. Bullectomy is the surgical removal of air pockets in the lungs. By removing these damaged areas, the healthy parts of your lungs perform better.
- Bronchial thermoplasty. Bronchial thermoplasty is a new treatment that uses heat to reduce excessive muscle in the lungs, reducing airway restriction. The procedure is performed by inserting a flexible tube through the mouth and into the lungs, then delivering thermal energy in a precisely controlled manner.
- Lung volume reduction surgery. Removing damaged portions of the lungs through surgery can make it easier to breathe.
- Lung transplant. Only IU Health performs lung transplants in the state of Indiana. These procedures are only used for extremely severe cases of COPD.
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Support Services
By learning more, you can manage your COPD better. Visit the sites below for further education on this condition:
A Sampling of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Support Services
American Lung Association
This website provides in-depth information about COPD, lifestyle changes to help you live with COPD and a COPD management tool to guide you in discussions with your physician about treatment options.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This U.S. government website hosts fact sheets, research and resources for education on COPD.
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute website features information on signs and symptoms of COPD, how it is diagnosed and treatment options.