The IBV Valve
Description of device
The IBV Valves are very small, umbrella-shaped medical devices. When a valve is used, it is put into the part of your lung called an airway. The airways that will get the valve(s) placed in them are the ones that supply air to the tissue that is leaking.
Valve is deployed in airway via catheter delivery.
Valve blocks the flow of air into the leaking tissue.
Finding the air leak
The airways in your lung can be reached and seen using a flexible instrument called a bronchoscope. The bronchoscope is a narrow, flexible tube that has a camera on the end. This tool and the use of a balloon catheter, give information to the doctor about where to place the valve(s) so that the air leak can be reduced or stopped and the tissue can seal.
Flexible bronchoscope is guided to predetermined location.
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