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Our Lady of the Lake Offering Revolutionary Lung Valve Treatment for Patients with Severe COPD/Emphysema

May 25, 2022

Baton Rouge, LA – Our Lady of the Lake is the only provider in the Baton Rouge region to offer a revolutionary, minimally invasive procedure to assist patients with difficulty breathing due to severe COPD/emphysema. Called Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction (BLVR), the one-time procedure uses the first FDA-approved endobronchial valve designed help COPD/emphysema patients breathe easier without major surgery.

Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group pulmonologists have already successfully performed the procedure 15 times over the past year.

“This procedure can improve the quality of life for patients by allowing them to breathe easier, be less short of breath, and be more active and energetic,” said Dr. Abdulla Majid-Moosa, DO, a pulmonologist at Our Lady of the Lake. “I’m proud to be part of the only group offering this procedure in Baton Rouge.”

BLVR utilizes one-way valves that are inserted during a simple bronchoscopy that requires no cutting or incisions. During the procedure, an average of four small valves are placed in a patient’s airways to block off the diseased parts of the lungs where air gets trapped, called hyperinflation. This permits the healthier parts of the lungs to expand and take in more air, allowing patients to able to breathe easier and have less shortness of breath.

To learn more about the procedure and whether you are a candidate for it, call Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group (225) 765-5864 or visit

About Our Lady of the Lake Health

Our Lady of the Lake Health is a not-for-profit Catholic healthcare ministry based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with more than 7,500 employees committed to serving the Capital Region and building a healthy community through excellence in patient care and education. With an 800-bed Regional Medical Center, a dedicated Children’s Hospital, a 78-bed hospital in Gonzales, Louisiana, two freestanding emergency rooms in outlying parishes, and a 600+ provider Physician Group, Our Lady of the Lake Health provides comprehensive healthcare services for common to complex conditions. Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is a primary teaching site for graduate medical education programs in partnership with LSU, and is recognized in the areas of heart and vascular, trauma and emergency care, stroke, cancer care, minimally invasive procedures, and more. Our Lady of the Lake is part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and is driven by its mission to serve all God’s people, especially those most in need. For more information, visit

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