U niversity of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Doctor Frank Sciurba is one of several researchers nationwide testing a new minimally invasive procedure to improve lung function.
D octors insert ten small coils into damaged areas of a patient's lung.
Dr. Sciurba says, "t he Nitanol coils go in the lungs, straight, as straight wires, and then they fold up like a baseball seam. They fold in half, then they fold in half again, and as they do that, they, they bring in the lung."
T he coils allow the healthier portion of the lung to expand and tighten, helping patients to breathe better. Although this is still in the trial phase doctors are hoping to help more patients with this procedure in the future.