A Minimally-Invasive Treatment for Emphysema

Now my wife and I do a lot together – bicycling, swimming, all the things a normal family would do. A patient of Prof. Dr. med. Felix Herth, Heidelberg – Germany
Today, I can walk for several hours. A patient of Dr. Giuseppe Failla, Palermo – Italy
After the valves, we went on vacation for the first time in years. I walked the beach, played in the ocean…it was absolutely wonderful! Patient Aldine Reynolds, Nevada – USA

The Zephyr® Endobronchial Valve is a minimally invasive treatment for emphysema that has been proven to significantly improve patients’ lung function, exercise tolerance and quality of life.

The Zephyr valve uses the concept of “lung volume reduction” to minimize the size of the diseased areas of the lung in order to allow healthier regions to expand and function better. In many patients, this enables them to breathe more easily and return to everyday activities, family life, and the interests and hobbies they love.

The Zephyr Valve is the most-studied minimally-invasive treatment to reduce the volume of the lung. Multiple clinical trials have demonstrated its benefits and 12,000 patients have been treated worldwide.

Are you a Zephyr Valve Candidate?

According to the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD), you may be an ideal candidate for the Zephyr valve if you:

  • Are breathless despite optimal medication (e.g. mMRC ≥2)
  • Have higher obstruction (FEV1 <50% predicted)
  • Have suspected emphysema or hyperinflation (e.g. RV >175% predicted)

If you meet one or more of these criteria, you should talk with your doctor about whether the Zephyr valve is a good option for you.

About the Zephyr valve procedure

How it works
Zephyr Endobronchial Valves are as tiny as a pencil eraser and are placed in diseased regions of the lung in a short, minimally invasive procedure.
The one-way valve prevents airflow into the diseased region during inhalation, while allowing trapped air and fluids to escape upon exhalation.
Reducing the volume of the diseased region may allow healthier regions to expand and function more efficiently.

To learn more about the Zephyr Endobronchial Valve and procedure, download the patient brochure below or visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.