Does COPD have stages?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is caused by long-term exposure to irritants that damage the lungs. Smoking is the most common cause of COPD in the U.S. COPD is a progressive disease and gets worse over time.

Many people don’t realize that emphysema is a severe form of COPD. People who suffer from emphysema live with severe shortness of breath that often prevents them from doing simple daily activities without pausing to catch their breath or resting.

You may have been told you have advanced COPD or end-stage COPD. When you have severe emphysema, you may:

  • Be breathless and unable to perform normal daily activities
  • Have a decreased ability to exercise
  • Be depressed and withdraw from family and friends
  • Be at an increased risk of death

Until recently, there were few treatment options to help patients who have reached the limit of what help medications and supplemental oxygen can deliver – the only options were highly invasive treatments, such as lung volume reduction surgery or a lung transplant.

It may be time to talk to your doctor or pulmonologist about whether a new treatment option for emphysema is right for you.

Next Steps

Know for certain if you have emphysema so that you and your doctor can discuss the next steps for finding available treatments that could work for you.

Step 1: You may need additional testing, including lung function testing or a CT scan.

Step 2: You may need to be referred to a center that can offer advanced treatment options, including Zephyr Valve Treatment.

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How the Zephyr Valve Works

The Zephyr Valve is the first minimally invasive bronchoscopic treatment option in the United States for severe emphysema patients

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Benefits & Risks

In a clinical study1, patients treated with the Zephyr Valve compared to patients on medication alone were able to:



Breathe easier due to improved lung function



Increase their exercise – they could walk farther



Do more daily life activities, such as walking, bathing, and gardening



Enjoy a better quality of life with more energy



Feel more confident leaving their home

Risks

Complications of the Zephyr Endobronchial Valve treatment can include but are not limited to pneumothorax, worsening of COPD symptoms, hemoptysis, pneumonia, dyspnea and, in rare cases, death.1

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Patient Stories

The Zephyr Valve improves patients' quality of life and allows them to do more1

“Every day I find things I can do now I couldn’t do before.”– Michael McPheeter

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There's a New Treatment Option Available

Emphysema and end-stage COPD cannot be cured, but the right treatment can help you breathe better, be more active, and improve your quality of life. There are a few treatment options for emphysema, and your doctor can help you determine which is best for you.

Spectrum of Treatment Options

Oxygen Therapy, Corticosteroids, Bronchodilator

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Zephyr Endobronchial Valves

Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

Lung Transplant

Non-surgical

  • COPD medication – This may involve bronchodilator inhalers, oral steroids, antibiotics, or other prescription medications.
  • “Stop smoking” program – In order to benefit from minimally-invasive treatment options, you will be required to stop smoking to receive treatment.
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation – Your doctor may refer you to therapy to help you exercise your lungs and learn how to breathe more efficiently.
  • Oxygen therapy – Emphysema reduces the amount of oxygen that can reach your bloodstream. Your doctor may prescribe oxygen therapy when medication is not doing enough for you.

Minimally-invasive

  • Zephyr Endobronchial Valve – The Zephyr Valve is a device for the treatment of emphysema. It is not another prescription medication or surgery that requires cutting or incisions. Instead, the Zephyr Valve treatment is a short medical procedure that is proven to help patients breathe easier, do more, and enjoy a better quality of life.
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Surgery

  • Lung volume reduction surgery and bullectomy surgery – A surgeon will open your chest and cut out areas of damaged lung tissue, or large air spaces (bullae). It has been shown to improve patients’ breathing but has a risk of side effects and death.
  • Lung transplant – When the lungs are too damaged to benefit from surgery, certain patients may meet the criteria for lung transplantation surgery. If patients receive this treatment, they must take immune-suppressing medications for the rest of their lives. However, the transplant also carries high-risk complications such as organ rejection or death.

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