Redirecting Airflow to Redirect Outcomes

The IBV Valve System is a device placed in the lung airway intended to treat severely diseased lung in patients with heterogeneous emphysema and evidence or markers of low collateral ventilation such as complete fissures.^

Treatment with bronchial valves in patients with severe emphysema was developed to achieve lobar volume reduction without the risks of mortality and morbidity associated with surgical procedures. Studies suggest that an optimal treatment approach for bronchial valve treatment may involve complete occlusion of a single lobe, and careful selection of appropriate patients with complete fissures and high heterogeneity using HRCT and perfusion scan analysis.1,2,3  CLICK HERE to learn more about selecting appropriate patients that may benefit from the IBV Valve System.

IBV Valve treatment benefits may include reduction in hyperinflation, improvements in pulmonary function as indicated by an improvement in FEV1, improved exercise tolerance, and improved quality of life as measured by SGRQ.1,2

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. Complete occlusion of a targeted lobe by the valves may enable significant lobar volume reduction, relieving hyperinflation and allowing the patient to breathe easier.1,2

The first and only valve with anchors for
0% migration and expectoration4, 5, 6
The first and only valve with a
nitnol 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


Learn More

  • CLICK HERE to learn more about selecting appropriate patients that may benefit from the IBV Valve System
  • CLICK HERE to learn more about the minimally invasive procedure
  • CLICK HERE for information on the clinical studies supporting the use of bronchial valves for the treatment of emphsyema


  1. Eberhardt R, Gompelmann D, Schuhmann M, et al. Complete Unilateral vs Partial Bilateral Endoscopic Lung Volume Reduction in Patients With Bilateral Lung Emphysema.  Chest 2012;142(4):900-908; doi:10.1378/chest.11-2886
  2. Springmeyer S, Bolliger C, Waddell K, et al. Treatment of Heterogeneous Emphysema Using the Spiration IBV Valves. Thorac Surg Clin 2009; 19:247-53
  3. Sciurba FC, Ernst AE, Herth FJF, et al. A randomized study of endobronchial valves for advanced emphysema. N Engl J Med 2010:363: 1233-44
  4. Sterman DH, Mehta AC, Wood DE, et al. A multicenter pilot study of a bronchial valve for the treatment of severe emphysema.  Respiration 2010;79:222-233.
  5. Ninane V, Bezzi M, Geltner C, et al. Responder analysis results of the European multicenter single blinded and randomized study for the treatment of advanced emphysema with bronchial valves. [Abstract] Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2010;181:A5424.
  6. Spiration IDE Annual Safety Report 2010.