Emphysema Treatment Options

Severe emphysema can’t be cured, but you don’t have to “just put up with” your symptoms.

With the right treatment, you could breathe more easily, be more active and enjoy a better quality of life.1

There are a number of treatment options available, with and without medication.

Treatment with and without Medication

COPD medicines, stop smoking programmes, lung exercises, oxygen therapy


Endoscopic lung volume reduction — e.g., Zephyr Valve

Surgical lung volume reduction

Lung transplant

Non-surgical Options

Non-surgical options include COPD medicines such as inhalers and oral steroids, stopping smoking programmes, pulmonary rehabilitation and oxygen therapy.

If you feel constantly short of breath despite using COPD medicines and oxygen, Zephyr® Valve treatment for severe emphysema may be an option.

Zephyr® Valve treatment

If you’ve stopped smoking or are willing to stop, and medical management is no longer working, you may be suitable for a minimally invasive option called Zephyr Valve treatment. This treatment is also known as bronchoscopic lung volume reduction.

The Zephyr Valve treatment does not require surgery. The valves are placed by bronchoscopy with no cutting or incision. The doctor places small valves into your airways. These valves open up your airways and help you breathe.

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Complications of the Zephyr Endobronchial Valve treatment can include but are not limited to pneumothorax, worsening of COPD symptoms, hemoptysis, pneumonia, dyspnea and, in rare cases, death.