The Zephyr® Endobronchial Valve System is a minimally invasive procedure that can help people with emphysema breathe easier and enjoy improved quality of life without undergoing major surgery. This FDA-approved procedure requires no incisions and can be completed via bronchoscopy.
These valves work to prevent air from becoming trapped in diseased portions of the lungs and allow the healthy parts of the lungs to take in more air. As a result, patients are often able to breathe more easily immediately after the procedure. Full recovery is usually achieved within a week and patients report increased energy and decreased shortness of breath.
Memorial Medical Center is proud to be one of only a small number of hospitals in Illinois to offer the Zephyr Endobronchial Valve System to our patients with severe COPD or emphysema.
This non-surgical approach to lung reduction is offered in coordination with SIU Cardiothoracic Surgery and overseen by surgeons Stephen Hazelrigg, MD, and Traves Crabtree, MD.