Treatment Options

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. There are a number of treatment options available, with and without medication. Together with your primary healthcare provider, which could be your GP1, you can create a treatment plan that works for you.
Many people will use more than one kind of treatment to manage their symptoms. Different treatment combinations will work better for different people.

Find out more about the most common treatments below. Plus, watch videos from healthcare professionals about lung volume reduction, a treatment that
could help you breathe more easily.

Know Your Treatment Options

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


Bronchoscopic or minimally invasive 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’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.

Zephyr Valve treatment

Zephyr Valve treatment is a bronchoscopic procedure, also known as
a bronchoscopic lung volume reduction.

Zephyr Valve treatment doesn’t require surgery, just a medical procedure. Using a device called a bronchoscope, the doctor places small valves into your airways.

These valves are placed in your airway and help you breathe better.

Do you want to learn more about Zephyr Valve treatment and hear first-hand from patients who have benefited from it?

Find out more

Which treatment option might be right for you?

Hear from doctor who use Zephyr Valves and other treatments for reducing breathlessness.
Learn if you may benefit from minimally-invasive lung valves or lung volume reduction surgery.

Lung Volume Reduction
Dr. Sam Kemp

Lung Volume Reduction: Endobronchial Valves
Dr. Sam Kemp

Lung Volume Reduction: LVR Surgery
Dr. Nathan Burnside

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.

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