RePneu Coils: surgical methods for COPD
1. RePneu Coils
2. Endobronchial Valves
Aim and effect of lung volume reduction (LVR)
The aim of the surgical methods (RePneu coils and endobronchial valves) is to reduce the volume of over-inflated parts of the lungs so that the patient can breathe better and breathing is made easier. The permanently present emphysema is to be reduced in size or volume through lung volume reduction in order to simultaneously create more space for the overinflation of other areas in the lungs – a purely symptomatic measure.
Effect of RePneu Coils on the Lungs
The coils are inserted in an elongated form and then contract into a coil along with the lung tissue. As they contract, over-inflated areas of the lungs are reduced in size, which leads to relief in neighbouring areas of the lungs as well, making breathing easier – or so the theory goes! The RePneu coils can function regardless of the anatomy of the COPD sufferer’s lungs. Once the RePneu Coils have been inserted, they cannot be removed again!