Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction (BLVR)
Bronchoscopic lung volume reduction, or BLVR, is a minimally invasive procedure performed by our Interventional Pulmonologists that uses a bronchoscope to place one-way endobronchial valves into the airways of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). BLVR is used to treat patients with COPD who are short of breath despite maximal medical therapies and who meet criteria based on lung function, heart function, lab tests, and more. BLVR is FDA approved and is included in the most recent COPD management guidelines from the Global Initiative for Obstructive Lung Diseases. In patients who qualify for the procedure, BLVR can provide improved quality of life, exercise capacity, and lung function tests.