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A Minimally Invasive Treatmeant for Air Leaks
Using endobronchial techniques, the IBV Valve System enables qualified physicians to predictably place the valves in pre-identified airways to aid in the reduction or cessation of persistent leaks. The IBV Valve System flexible catheter is specially designed to help physicians navigate and deploy the IBV Valves in segmental and subsegmental airways allowing for preservation of healthy tissue. The IBV Valve procedure is performed under conscious sedation or general anesthesia.1
Prior to valve placement, it is necessary to isolate and target the culprit airways contributing to the leak. The source and number of air leaks will vary considerably between patients due to changing lung dynamics. It is recommended to begin isolation wtih balloon occlusion at the main bronchus, moving from proximal to distal airways until a culprit leak is isolated.1
Once a valve has been placed, any additional leaks should be located by returning to the main bronchus, and moving from proximal to distal airways. Previously tested airways that showed no evidence of an air leak before a valve was placed may now be visualized in the air leak monitor.
Within a few weeks of the air leak being resolved, the valve(s) may be removed using bronchoscopic techniques and forceps. The unique design of the IBV Valve has a center removal rod, which facilitates its removal as needed.
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- Mahajan AK, Doeing DC, Hogarth DK et al. Isolation of persistent leaks and placement of intrabronchial valves. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2013;145:626-30.