Hello-My name Leonard, 74 year old and have COPD. I had to move from Mexico City to the sea shore. O2 density is higher on the sea shore. I am on O2 compressed 24/7. I cannot work nor care for myself. I am a potential candidate for Spiration endobronchial valve implants. Have you or any member of your family received coil valve implants? What is or was your/their experience?
The spiration people should be able to get some of the people who've had the procedure to talk with you. Ask them and you'll get information from people who have boots on the ground. The various valves, vents and coils have had varying degrees of success, depending on the parameters the clinical trials set for the procedure. Best bet is to talk with people the Spiration folks can put you in touch with.
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I had the first set of coils (10) in my upper right lobe in Sept. of 2014, the second set I my lower left lobe (13) In March of 2015. I could tell a slight difference but because my lungs are damaged throughout there was little difference. I do think that the coils have helped with the lack of flarir ups as I haven't had one in quite sometime and my levels haven't changed too much. Leonard I think that if the damage is located in a certain area instead of throughout you may see a huge difference. Good luck to you!
I posted in January that I had the Pulmonx endobronchial valves in as part of the Liberate trial, they are very similar in function to the Spiration valves. I had a glitch or two, but overall I'm very happy with it all. Frankly I was surprised that there seemed to be 0 interest in the results on this forum, as I am on another forum where there is a lot of interest. If anyone has any specific questions, I will be more than happy to answer them as they pertain to my experience