Now I can actually breathe much better, which makes me feel much better.“
Everything about my life is improved… I’m in love with life again!“
Emphysema is an advanced form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – also known as COPD – which is progressive and, over time, leads to ongoing breathlessness.
It can make everyday activities, such as eating, walking, housework, even brushing your teeth, challenging and can cause extreme fatigue. Some studies1 suggest that the quality of life for emphysema patients is even worse than end-stage lung cancer.
Previously, once a patient moved beyond conventional treatment such as drugs, pulmonary therapy and oxygen, the only alternatives were open surgery or lung transplantation. The Zephyr Endobronchial Valve, a minimally invasive treatment for emphysema that, for the right patients, has been proven to significantly improve lung function, exercise tolerance and quality of life.
Patient Keith Young, Leeds – UK – from depression to enjoying family again
Patient Michael McPheeters, California – USA – returning to a lifelong passion: music
A patient of Dr. Giuseppe Failla, Palermo – Italy – from feeling suffocated to long walks with the wife
Patients of Prof. Dr. med. Felix Herth, Heidelberg – Germany – resuming normal life again: gardening, bicycling and swimming