In response to the recent developments in the fields of volume reduction surgery and lung transplantation, a Multidisciplinary Clinic has been established for the evaluation and care of patients with surgically treatable emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In addition, an Emphysema Cooperative Study Group has been established consisting of community and academic pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons throughout New England. Activities are centered around a prospective randomized trial seeking to compare the efficacy of pulmonary rehabilitation alone in emphysema patients eligible for volume reduction surgery versus rehabilitation of these patients followed by volume reduction surgery.
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