Zephyr Valve: A New Minimally Invasive Surgery - Experience? Interested?
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Do to a request from a COPD member, I put together an article on the new Zephyr Endobronchial Valve available in the Health Magazine.
Check out the article by the link above for a very detailed description on the surgery, its benefits, and possible medical centers/hospitals that perform the operation (where you could also call for more details).
Basically, this a new surgery - recently approved by the FDS - that is an alternative to the more invasive surgical options out there for those suffering from COPD, such as long volume reduction and lung transplants.
The Zephyr Valve is placed into the diseased areas of the lung airways and this prevents air from entering the damaged parts of the lung and allows trapped air and fluids to escape. This assists in reducing hyperinflation of the lungs.
The first procedure was performed on August 10, 2018 and took about 45 minutes!
Have you hear about this surgical procedure or do you know anyone who has had this surgery before?
Does it interest you?
@Cherylynn I am interested also after reading this brief article.
What did your pulmonolgist say? Where are you located? From reading the article it seems it is not performed in every hospital yet or that doctors are not performing it as a standard procedure, possibly because they are not trained yet on it.
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