Atrium Health Team Is One of the First in North Carolina to Perform New FDA-Approved COPD Treatment Procedure

05.21.2019 Atrium Health News | Atrium Health University City News

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 21, 2019 – One of the first FDA-approved endobronchial valve lung volume reduction procedures in North Carolina was completed today by Michael Zgoda, MD, and the care team with University Pulmonary Associates at Atrium Health University City hospital. The new treatment will help increase the lung function of the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Endobronchial valve lung volume reduction is a minimally invasive procedure – no cuts or incisions necessary – that allows patients with COPD, such as emphysema, to breathe better by allowing the lungs to expand normally, relieving pressure from the diaphragm. To help improve airflow, one or more miniature valves are placed into a patient’s airways, closing off a diseased portion of a lung, and preventing it from being overinflated. The goal of the procedure is to help move air freely through the lungs again and help the diaphragm return to normal size and activity.

The procedure only takes about 20 minutes. And most patients are able to return home within a day or two with improved lung function, exercise capacity and overall quality of life, without having to stop to catch their breath.

“This procedure takes what was a major surgery and provides patients with an alternative minor procedure with no scars or cuts,” said Michael Zgoda, MD, University Pulmonary Associates, which is part of Atrium Health University City. “Patients have a better quality of life, they can minimize medications and possibly come off of oxygen.”

More than 15 million Americans suffer from COPD – 3.5 million of which have emphysema.

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