Learn How the Zephyr Valve Can Help You

Despite taking the best available medications, many patients with emphysema, a common form of COPD, suffer from hyperinflation of their lungs where air becomes trapped in the lungs, preventing fresh air from entering and thereby causing severe shortness of breath.

The Zephyr Valves reduce lung hyperinflation by allowing trapped air to escape and preventing new air from entering that diseased lobe. This allows the healthier parts of the lung to function better and results in patients being able to breathe more easily and experience less shortness of breath.

The valves are placed via bronchoscopy, with no incision or cutting, so these benefits are achieved without the risks of traditional surgical options. The procedure is usually complete in under an hour.

While there is no cure for emphysema, the right treatment can help you breathe better and improve your quality of life.

A Zephyr doctor can help you determine if you are experiencing hyperinflation and if that is the reason for your shortness of breath. Scroll down to enter you city, state or zip code and find a Zephyr Doctor near you.

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Know your treatment options for emphysema

Emphysema 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.

Continuum of Care

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COPD medication, “stop smoking” programs, pulmonary rehabilitation, oxygen

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Zephyr Endobronchial Valve

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Lung volume reduction surgery

Lung Transplant Lung Health

Lung transplant

Non-surgical

  • COPD medication – This may involve 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.