Living with severe emphysema, a form of COPD, can be physically and emotionally devastating. What once felt easy makes you breathless. You may be tethered to oxygen for much of the day, making daily activities a challenge. Trips to the ER may become regular. COPD can take over your life, consuming your thoughts and determining your daily activities.

There’s no cure for COPD, but Temple Lung Center is giving new hope to patients who are suffering from emphysema. Temple is the leader in a new, minimally invasive procedure called Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction (BLVR), a breakthrough treatment that is helping people breathe easier and drastically improving their quality of life.

BLVR is an alternative to Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS) or lung transplant, major surgeries that carry more risk and longer recovery times.

BLVR is minimally invasive—no cutting, no stitches—and patients typically feel no pain. Compared to traditional LVRS, it has a lower risk of infection and a faster recovery time.

Other potential benefits of BLVR include:

  • Improved breathing
  • Fewer respiratory symptoms, so daily activities can be more easily performed
  • Improved lung function
  • Ability to exercise more
  • Enhanced quality of life

Who qualifies for BLVR?

Typically, the best candidates for BLVR are those who:

  • Are unable to have surgery
  • Have COPD, specifically emphysema and severe hyperinflation
  • Have not had major lung procedures, such as lung transplant or LVRS
  • Do not have major heart conditions, such as uncontrolled atrial fibrillation or a recent heart attack
  • Have not smoked for at least 4 months

If you think BLVR could help improve your life, the experienced team at Temple Lung Center will talk with you to determine if you qualify.

You can call (215) 874-8256 to learn more about eligibility.

How BLVR works

Before the treatment, patients receive general anesthesia to put them to sleep. The pulmonologist then uses a special tool called a bronchoscope to guide endobronchial valves through the mouth. Once implanted, these tiny devices act as one-way valves to block off diseased parts of the lung, which allows healthier regions to expand and function more efficiently. The procedure takes about an hour, and patients report that they experience relief soon after.

Julissa and Claudeth

Bronchoscope placing an endobronchial valve in the lung

Is BLVR Effective?

Perhaps the best sign of BLVR’s effectiveness is the testament of patients whose lives have changed. Most reported that they could breathe easier, exercise more, and live a better quality of life.

This is life-changing news to millions of COPD patients across the country who thought they were out of options. Thanks to BLVR, there’s hope for a better quality of life—one where you can get back to doing the things you love.

Temple Lung Center was the first in the nation to perform BLVR and is a world leader and top volume center in the use of BLVR in patients with severe emphysema. In fact, Temple doctors are looked to as the experts in training physicians from across the country to use this new treatment.

“It is remarkable that Temple found something that works the way that it does,” said Florence, the wife of John, a recipient of BLVR. “We’re thankful. We’re very thankful.”

If you’re suffering with COPD and want relief, fill out a form or call (215) 874-8256 to schedule an appointment with a pulmonologist at Temple Lung Center to find out if you qualify for this life-changing procedure.

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