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Endobronchial Valves

Endoscopic treatment for advanced emphysema

For some people with severe emphysema, a surgical procedure called endobronchial valve lung volume reduction (EBV) can significantly improve their quality of life. This minimally invasive surgery places one-way endobronchial valves into the lung using a thin tube inserted down the throat.

Endobronchial valves target portions of the lung that are hyperinflated—or larger than they should be because of trapped air. In emphysema, this hyperinflation causes parts of the lung to not function well. By blocking airflow to these regions with valves, the hyperinflated portion collapses in a controlled way, and this leads to improved respiratory function.

Am I a candidate for EBV?

Patients should be carefully selected for EBV. A thoracic surgeon on the medical staff will perform a thorough workup to decide if you might benefit. Your testing may include:

  • Pulmonary function testing
  • CT scan
  • Six-minute walk test
  • Arterial blood gas
  • Ventilation-perfusion scan
  • Echocardiogram

While this is a minimally invasive procedure, complications can occur. However, most can be treated. Your doctor can help you weigh the risks and benefits of EBV and choose the best option for you.

We can help you find a thoracic surgeon. Call (214) 947-0000 or complete this form to request an appointment.