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1. Treatment Locations and Access

  • Posted by CAYLA SELBY
  • On March 1, 2023
How can I get Zephyr Valve treatment? Zephyr Valve Treatment is for selected patients living with advanced emphysema/COPD. A specialist will be able to assess your suitability for this treatment. To access these specialists for assessment you will need a letter of referral from your GP/doctor.  {collect email or postal address to send the patient […]
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2. Cost & Insurance Questions

  • Posted by CAYLA SELBY
  • On March 1, 2023
Does insurance cover this procedure? Will depend on type of cover, contact provider for more information.  {collect email or postal address to send the patient a treatment centre list and referral information}   Is this covered by Medicare: Zephyr Valve Treatment is covered publicly at selected sites across Australia with no out of pocket costs  […]
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3. Eligibility/Criteria Questions

  • Posted by CAYLA SELBY
  • On March 1, 2023
General Criteria Question: Generally, candidates who should be evaluated for Zephyr Valve Treatment are patients who: Have a confirmed diagnosis of COPD or emphysema Have to stop to catch their breath often, even with taking their medication as directed Have reduced lung function (FEV1≤50% predicted) These are general criteria but only a Zephyr Valve trained […]
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4. Disease State Questions/ About emphysema

  • Posted by CAYLA SELBY
  • On March 1, 2023
Do I have Emphysema? Only your physician can diagnosis your condition. We recommend scheduling an appointment with your doctor to discuss your concerns and for him/her to evaluate and diagnose your condition.  {collect email or postal address to send the patient a treatment centre list and referral information} {collect email or postal address to send […]
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6. General “What is it?” Questions

  • Posted by CAYLA SELBY
  • 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 […]
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7. How do the Zephyr Valves work?

  • Posted by CAYLA SELBY
  • On March 1, 2023
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, […]
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8. Smoking Questions

  • Posted by CAYLA SELBY
  • On March 1, 2023
Can I still smoke with this product? No. Patients will have to quit smoking at least 4 months prior to the procedure and must refrain from smoking after the procedure.   Do I need to quit smoking? Yes, you will need to quit smoking at least 4 months prior to receiving the Zephyr Valve Treatment […]
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9. Clinical trials

  • Posted by CAYLA SELBY
  • On March 1, 2023
COVE Study (based in Melbourne) COVE Study participants must: Have a diagnosis of severe or very severe emphysema. Be aged 40 years and over. Be willing and able to provide informed consent to participate in the study. If you meet all of the criteria above, speak to your general practitioner or specialist and request a […]
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