IN THIS ARTICLE
Volume reduction for emphysema: small one way valves are place in the airways of damaged lung in an attempt to reduce the volume of that portion of lung and leave space for the remaining lung to function
Repair of air leaks following lung resection: the same one way valves are used to slow down air leaks at lung suture lines. With the slowing of airflow, these leaks may heal faster and prevent the need for further surgery.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/24/2015
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