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Zephyr® Endobronchial Valve

The first FDA-approved, minimally-invasive device available in the United States for treating patients with severe emphysema.

Who is the Zephyr® Endobronchial Valve for?

Patients with severe emphysema who consistently feel short of breathe despite using COPD medications and/or oxygen are candidates for the Zephyr® Endobronchial Valve implant. 

What are the benefits of Zephyr® Endobronchial Valve?

Patients report being able to take full breaths immediately after the procedure and within a few days are back to doing everyday tasks with ease. In clinical studies, patients treated with Zephyr® Endobronchial Valves have been shown to1:

  • Breathe easier.
  • Be more active and energetic.
  • Be less short of breath.
  • Enjoy a significantly improved quality of life compared to untreated patients.
1 Criner G et al AM J Resp Crit Care Med 2018, Published on 22-May-2018 as 10.1164/rccm.201803-0590OC

How does the Zephyr® Endobronchial Valve procedure work?

The one-time procedure is done during a bronchoscopy that requires no cutting or incisions. During the procedure, on average four tiny valves are placed in the airways to block off the diseased parts of the lungs. The valves reduce hyperinflation, preventing air from being trapped in the diseased area of the lung and allowing healthier parts of the lung to take in more air. This results in patients being able to breathe easier. Patients treated have reported immediate relief.

What can patients expect?

A typical Zephyr® Endobronchial Valve procedure looks like this:

  • The doctor will give you moderate sedation to make you sleepy.
  • A small tube with a camera, called a bronchoscope, will be inserted into your lungs through your nose or mouth.
  • During the procedure, on average the doctor will place four Zephyr® Endobronchial Valves in the airways.
  • You will stay in the hospital for approximately three nights for observation.
  • After the procedure, you will continue to use the medicines that your doctor has prescribed for your condition.

How do I schedule a consultation to see if I am a candidate for the Zephyr® Endobronchial Valve?

To see if the Zephry® Endobronchial Valve is right for you, call 903-592-6901.

Providers For This Service

Cynthia Chaney, APRN, FNP-BC
Pulmonology (Lung Disease)

G. David Gass, MD
Pulmonology (Lung Disease), Critical Care Medicine