PITTSBURGH, Pa. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Emphysema destroys the air sacs in your lungs, making it harder and harder to breath. Millions of people struggle with it every day, but a new treatment could help many advanced cases.
On-air or selling air, Linda Sachs was passionate about her radio career, but after being diagnosed with emphysema getting enough air became a big problem.
“I was afraid I was just going to die because my lungs were failing me,” emphysema patient, Linda Sachs, told Ivanhoe.
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Dr. Frank Sciurba is one of several researchers nationwide testing a new minimally invasive procedure to improve lung function. Doctors insert ten small coils into damaged areas of a patient’s lung.
“The nitanol coils go in the lungs as straight wires and then they fold up like a baseball seam. They fold in half and then they fold in half again. As they do that, they bring in the lung,” Frank Sciurba, MD, Director of COPD/Emphysema Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, told Ivanhoe.
The coils allow the healthier portion of the lung to expand and tighten, helping patients to breathe better.
“This is a trial I’m real hopeful for because I really would like to have a tool that I can offer our more advanced patients,” Dr. Sciurba said.
Linda says she felt better right after her procedure.
“To be able to take more in is just a thrill,” Sachs explained.
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