BLVR. It stands for bronchoscopic lung volume reduction. It’s a new alternative to traditional lung surgery offered at Lehigh Valley Health Network that has changed the lives of many patients with severe cases of emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
One of those patients is Robert Wagner, a 59-year-old Bloomsburg, Pa., resident who witnessed COPD slowly take the life of his brother Rick at age 64. He had been a lifelong chain smoker just like his brother, and now it was his lungs being ravaged the same way.