About Our COPD Treatments

Our COPD Clinic provides the latest treatment options for patients with advanced COPD. BIDMC is the first hospital in Boston and the second in the United States to offer minimally invasive endobronchial lung volume reduction, a technique that shows great promise for treating advanced COPD/emphysema.

Our multidisciplinary approach includes all of the following:

Minimally Invasive Treatment Options

BIDMC is the first hospital in Boston and the second in the United States to offer the newly FDA approved minimally invasive endoscopic lung volume reduction, using endobronchial valves. These devices may be an option for patients who are not responding to medicine, or who are too sick or prefer not to undergo surgery. Studies have found that the devices make it easier for patients to breathe, exercise, and enjoy everyday life. Doctors in the COPD Clinic can determine if you are a candidate for this approach.

Surgical Options

Some patients with advanced COPD may benefit from lung surgery. Options we offer include:

Clinical Trials

BIDMC is excited to be on the forefront of COPD and emphysema research by offering various clinical trials.

Palliative Care

Many patients with COPD experience difficulty with breathing that interferes with their daily lives. Comprehensive treatment for COPD includes the utmost effort to minimize shortness of breath and maximize quality of life.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness, focusing on providing relief from symptoms, pain, and stress — whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both you and your family.

Palliative care offers expertise in:

  • Pain and symptom management
  • Assistance in complex medical decision-making
  • Psychosocial and spiritual support

You and your family may benefit from seeing the palliative care team if you:

  • Are struggling to cope with a new serious diagnosis or with the changes of advancing illness
  • Have symptoms, such as pain or difficulty breathing, which are limiting your ability to function
  • Are uncertain of how to decide what medical treatments are best for you
  • Want to focus your care on quality of life
  • Want more information about home-based services, including hospice

The COPD Clinic works with Palliative Care Consultation Services at BIDMC to help you and your family live as well and as fully as possible with COPD. When hospitalized, patients can be seen by the palliative care consultation service.

Outside the hospital, patient and family members can be seen in the Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic. Please call 617-667-1320 for further information.