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Henry Ford Hospital to study effectiveness of a new procedure that may help emphysema suffers
Date:3/12/2008

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Physicians commonly use bronchoscopes to examine the airways within the lungs. During the airway bypass procedure physicians will first use a Doppler probe inserted through the bronchoscope to identify a site in the airway that is free of blood vessels. A special needle is then used to make a small opening and an Exhale Drug-Eluting Stent is placed in the passageway to keep it open. The procedure involves placing up to six drug-eluting stents. The total time of the procedure is approximately two hours.

The airway bypass procedure could be an excellent option for those who are not suitable candidates for lung transplant surgery or as a bridge for those who could possibly spend years on a lung transplant list, Dr. Simoff says.


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