What is it?

ELVR is a form of non-surgical lung volume reduction to treat people with severe emphysema.


How does it work?

  • In severe emphysema, damaged lung tissue will gradually lose its elasticity; inelastic lung has difficulty emptying of air.
  • Eventually more and more air gets trapped in the lung, causing over-inflation (hyperinflation)
  • Air that gets trapped in the inelastic lung does not contribute to ventilation and makes breathing inefficient and difficult
  • Deflating these areas of hyperinflated lung has been shown to improve breathing parameters, exercise capacity and quality of life in selected people with severe emphysema
  • This can be achieved using one-way valves (endobronchial valves) that are inserted into the airways of the most diseased areas of lung
  • These endobronchial valves gradually deflate the diseased areas of lung and allow the remainder of the lung to function more effectively 

Hyperinflated Lungs
ELVR

Video of Pulmonx Endobronchial valve deployment

For a Video of the Olympus Intra Bronchial Valve deployment, click here.

A/Professor Ing talks about Endoscopic Lung Volume Reduction.


Details of procedure

  • ELVR can be done under sedation or a general anesthetic depending upon which is most suitable for your situation
  • Once you are drowsy or unconscious, a bronchoscope will be inserted through your mouth into your airways
  • Using the bronchoscope, the endobronchial valves are positioned and deployed into your airways, there is no cutting or surgery involved
  • The whole procedure takes approximately one hour and usually you may go home on the next day.

 


How do I find out more?