Redirecting Air Flow

Persistent air leaks continue to be a leading cause of increased hospitalization, morbidity and cost. Traditional management of persistent leaks involves chest drainage and observation followed by more invasive treatments when leaks do not resolve.1, 2, 3

Traditional “wait and see” approaches can lead to increased lenght of stay (LOS) and frustration for both the provider and patient.1, 2 The IBV Valve System is minimally invasive procedure that provides surgeons and pulmonologists a predictable method for limiting distal airflow to diseased lung. It is a proactive option in the management of persistent air leaks.4, 5

Inspiration Meets Innovation

The IBV Valve is an umbrella-shaped, one-way valve that is placed via a delivery catheter, introduced through the working channel of a flexible bronchoscope.

The valve consists of a Nitinol frame covered with a polymer membrane and five anchors that securely engage the airway walls at the targeted treatment location. Once in place, the IBV Valve limits airflow to damaged tissue while allowing trapped air and fluid to escape. A reduction in air flow to damaged lung has been shown to accelerate resolution of an air leak. Because air leaks are transient in nature, the IBV Valve was designed to be removed upon resolution of the leak.4

The first and only valve with anchors for
0% migration and expectoration6, 7, 8
The first and only valve with a
nitinol umbrella like frame, designed to
minimize contact with the bronchial
wall and conform to complex airways
The first and only valve without a pressure
fit, allowing secretions to escape naturally
along the bronchial wall
The first and only valve with a center
rod to facilitate removal


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  1. Cerfolio RJ and Bryant AS. The benefits of continuous and digital air leak assessment after elective pulmonary resection: a prospective study. Ann Thorac Surg 2008;86:396-401
  2. Stolz AJ, Schutzner J, et al. Predictors of prolonged air leak following pulmonary lobectomy. Eur J Cariothorac Surg 2005;27:334-336.
  3. Wood DE, Cerfolio RJ, Gonzalez et al. Bronchoscopic management of prolonged air leak. Clin Chest Med 31 2010;127-133.
  4. Instructions for Use, IBV Valve System, HUD
  5. 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.
  6. Sterman DH, Mehta AC, Wood DE, et al. A multicenter pilot study of a bronchial valve for the treatment of severe emphysema (IBV Valve US Trial Study published in Respiration).  Respiration 2009;79:222-233.
  7. Ninane V, Geltner C, Bezzi M, et al. Multicentre European study for the treatment of advanced emphysema with bronchial valves.  Eur Respir J  2012;39(6):1319-1325.
  8. Spiration IDE Annual Safety Report 2010.