About the IBV Valve System
A Minimally Invasive New Treatment Option
The IBV Valve System is a minimally invasive treatment option for the treatment of acute and chronic conditions of the lung.
The IBV Valve System consists of an IBV Valve provided with a deployment catheter. The valve, comprised of a nitnol frame and a polymer membrane, is designed to conform to the size and shape of the airways. The membrane is held against the airway mucosa by six elastic struts and will expand and contract with airway movement during breathing. The frame has five flexible anchors that gently secure to the mucosal wall at a controlled depth. The valves are available in 5, 6 and 7mm diameters accomodating for different size airways. At the center of the valve is a removal rod designed for easy retrieval of valves using bronchoscopy forceps.
Mechanism of Action
The IBV Valve works by limiting airflow to selected areas of the lung distal to the valve while still allowing mucus and air flow in the proximal direction.