One of the newest treatment options for severe emphysema is non-surgical lung volume reduction using endobronchial valves. These tiny devices are implanted in the lungs and function as one-way valves, blocking off diseased parts of the lung and allowing healthier regions to expand and function more efficiently. The valves help reduce hyperinflation, which happens when air becomes trapped in the lungs. Hyperinflation is what makes breathing hard for emphysema patients.
The Leader in New Treatment for Severe Emphysema
Renowned for its experienced medical staff, superior outcomes and cutting-edge research, the Temple Lung Center helps people with serious lung disease breathe easier and live more active lives. The Lung Center is a world leader in the testing and use of endobronchial valves for non-surgical lung volume reduction in patients with severe emphysema. Temple led the LIBERATE clinical trial that proved the effectiveness of an endobronchial valve. Temple is also an international training site for doctors who come here to learn how to place these valves.
What to Expect Before, During, and After the Procedure
To implant endobronchial valves, a special tool called a bronchoscope is guided through the mouth to deliver the valves to the target sites in the lung. Patients are asleep the entire time and feel no pain. A typical procedure takes up to an hour to complete and involves placing several valves to isolate the diseased part of the lung.
After the placement of endobronchial valves, patients normally stay overnight in the hospital for several days for observation and X-rays to rule out any complications. After they return home, patients will continue to use the medicine that their doctor has prescribed for their lung disease.