Zephyr Valves are proven to help emphysema patients breathe easier, be more active, and enjoy a better quality of life1

The Zephyr Endobronchial Valve is an FDA-approved device for patients with severe emphysema.

“I feel like I can breathe again. I don’t have to fight for that breath.”

– Zephyr Valve recipient Aldine Reynolds

The Zephyr Valve is not another medication or surgery that requires cutting or incisions. It is a procedure that places tiny valves in your airways which allow the healthier parts of your lungs to expand, thereby lifting pressure off the diaphragm and helping you breathe more easily.

About the Procedure

If your doctor determines that you are good candidate for the Zephyr Valve, you will be sent to a specialist to evaluate if you qualify for treatment. Before the Zephyr Valve treatment, your doctor will first perform tests to determine if you are likely to benefit from the Zephyr Valve.

Step 1

The doctor will give you medicine to make you sleepy.

Step 2

A small tube with a camera, called a bronchoscope, will be inserted into your lungs through your nose or mouth.

Step 3

During the 30- to 60-minute procedure your doctor will place between 3 to 5 Zephyr Valves in the airways.

Step 4

You will stay in the hospital for a minimum of 3 nights for observation.

Step 5

After the procedure, you will continue to use the medicines that your doctor has prescribed for your condition.

Who can have the Zephyr Valve treatment?

The Zephyr Valve is used to treat patients who have difficulty breathing in because of their severe emphysema.

Before you are treated, your doctor will check to see if there is an appropriate part of your lung for treatment with Zephyr Valves.

Who cannot have the Zephyr Valve treatment?

You cannot have this treatment if you:

  • Are unable to have a bronchoscopic procedure
  • Have an active lung infection
  • Have an allergy to Nitinol, nickel, titanium or silicone
  • Have not stopped smoking
  • An air pocket (bullae) that is greater than 1/3 of the size of the lung

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