Bullous emphysema: Compare Costs for a treatment abroad

If you have been diagnosed with bullous emphysema, you are probably experiencing breathing difficulties, as this disease affects the lungs. It is important to start treatment as soon as possible to avoid complications and to improve your breathing. 

Below, methods of bullous emphysema treatments are listed. By clicking on the search results, not only will you be able to find the most suitable clinics and the best specialists in this field, you will also be able to find out how much such treatments cost and book the program you are interested in online.      

Booking Health offers the following options of treatment for this diagnosis.

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Best hospitals for Bullous emphysema treatment

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Hospital Hildesheim

Hildesheim Clinic is a specialized medical center of Hannover University with 541 beds. Years of experience, modern technical and medical equipment can provide patients with top quality health care.

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University Hospital Cologne

The University Hospital Cologne in Germany offers patients medical care at the always current state of knowledge and skills. The Department constantly looks for new methods of diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

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About the disease

Bullous emphysema is a chronic lung disease, whereby the tiny air sacs in the lungs (alveoli) become narrowed and damaged. This happens if the walls between them become thickened to the extent that they create pressure on the alveoli. In reverse, these walls can also be damaged and lead to the abnormal stretching of the alveoli. In both cases, bullous emphysema affects the functioning of the pulmonary system. 

Most commonly, bullous emphysema develops as a complication of bronchitis and other infectious pulmonary diseases. It can also be caused by smoking and long-term exposure to air pollutants, such as dust or chemicals. People who work in adverse environmental conditions are most at risk. If bullous emphysema has developed because of smoking, it is imperative that the patient quit immediately in order to slow the progression of disease down.  A person with a progressed stage of bullous emphysema will have considerable problems with their breathing, because the alveoli will at this point take up too much space in the lungs, creating pressure on other sections of the lungs. As bullous emphysema progresses, it becomes more and more difficult for the patient to breathe. Bullous emphysema can also affect other organs in the body, due to the shortage of oxygen caused by the breathing difficulties. Bullous emphysema is the second cause of death from pulmonary infections, with the first one being bronchitis. 


  • Difficulty breathing
  • Feeling of tightness in the chest
  • Palpitations
  • Breathing becomes more rapid
  • Chest becomes visibly larger because the lungs are swollen


  • During a general examination, the doctor examines the patient’s ability to take full breaths, which is usually a difficult task for someone suffering from bullous emphysema.
  • An X-ray of the lungs is used to examine the alveoli and determine whether they have changed in size.


  • Surgical reduction of lung volume makes the affected lung smaller by removing damaged lung tissue.
  • Complete or partial surgical resection of the lung is performed in progressed stages of bullous emphysema, when it is impossible to reduce the size of the lung. In this case, the lung is resected and a metal coil lung is implanted in its place. If only one lung is resected, this implant is rarely used.