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6. General “What is it?” Questions

  • On March 1, 2023
  • General:

The Zephyr Valve Treatment is a minimally invasive treatment for people with severe COPD/emphysema. The Zephyr Valves are an implant designed to fit in the airways of the lungs. The valves are placed in airways in a selected part of the lung during a bronchoscopy procedure (no incisions or cutting required) and are an alternative to the more invasive traditional lung volume reduction surgery

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  • How do the Zephyr Valves work?

If you have severe COPD/emphysema you may struggle to catch your breath while doing everyday tasks. This is because the damaged parts of your lungs have lost their ability to release air when you breathe out, resulting in trapped air.  As a result, the lungs become overinflated (also known as hyperinflated). Zephyr Valves are tiny, one-way valves that work by preventing air from getting trapped in diseased sections of the lung, so the healthier parts of the lung and diaphragm can function better.  This helps you to breath better and do more.

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  • How many people have received the procedure?

Approximately 25,000 people globally have received this treatment.

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