What is the Zephyr Valve?

The Zephyr Valve Treatment is the first FDA-approved, minimally invasive device available in the United States for people with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)/emphysema. The Zephyr Valves are an implant designed to fit in the airways of the lungs. The valves are placed in selected airways during a bronchoscopy procedure (no incisions or cutting required) and are an alternative to the more invasive traditional lung volume reduction surgery.

Who is the Zephyr Valve for?

Generally, candidates who should be evaluated for Zephyr Valve Treatment are patients who:

  • Have a confirmed diagnosis of severe COPD/emphysema
  • Have to stop to catch their breath often, even with taking their medication as directed
  • Have reduced lung function

What are the benefits of Zephyr Valves?

In clinical studies patients treated with Zephyr Valves have been shown to:

  • Breathe easier
  • Be more active
  • Enjoy an improved quality of life

How does the procedure work?

Many patients with severe COPD/emphysema suffer from hyperinflation of their lungs where air becomes trapped in the diseased sections of the lungs which makes it difficult to take in fresh air and causes severe shortness of breath. Breathing becomes inefficient and patients must work very hard just to breathe – making normal activities, like walking, eating or even bathing, difficult. The Zephyr Valve reduces this hyperinflation by allowing trapped air to escape and preventing new air from entering that diseased lobe. This lets the healthier parts of the lung function better and results in patients being able to breathe more easily and experience less shortness of breath. The valves are placed via bronchoscopy, a technique used to look at your air passages with a small camera that is located at the end of a flexible tube. The procedure is usually complete in under an hour.

What can I expect during the procedure?

A typical Zephyr Valve procedure looks like this:

Step 1 – The doctor will give the patient medicine to make them sleepy.

Step 2 – A small tube with a camera, called a bronchoscope, will be inserted into your lungs through your nose or mouth.

Step 3 – During the procedure your doctor will place on average 4 Zephyr Valves in the airways. The number of valves placed will depend on the individual anatomy of the patient’s airways and physician discretion.

Step 4 – You will stay in the hospital for a minimum of 3 nights. Some patients who experience a complication may be required to stay longer.

Step 5 – After the procedure, you will continue to use the medicines that your doctor has prescribed for your condition.

Am I a candidate?

There is an evaluation process to determine if you are a candidate for this treatment. Please call 614-293-4925 to get in touch with our team. 

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