Of late, lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) has been an accepted method of surgical intervention for those in advanced stages of emphysema. This surgery involves removing diseased parts of the lungs to allow for better functioning of the healthier portions. Although this procedure can be effective, it is very risky and is associated with high morbidity and mortality rates.
Aeris Therapeutics has come up with a possible alternative to LVRS, however, and it is called the Biologic Lung Volume Reduction System (BLVR). This system, currently still in the trial phases, achieves lung volume reduction without surgery and all its accompanying risks. A non-invasive procedure, BLVR is done by using a bronchoscope, whereby the physician directs treatment to the most damaged areas of the lungs. The treatment delivers a precise measurement of medication and biologics which, when combined at the treatment site, form a bioabsorbable gel that actually remodels the damaged parts of the lungs to permanently collapse the diseased areas. The subsequent reduction in lung volume creates more space for the healthy portions of the lungs to function more effectively.
Read more about the BLVR System and watch a video demonstrating how it works.