Does anyone know about a new treatment for COPD called 'RePneu' lung volume reduction coils. The treatment consists of coils made from nitinol (nickel and Titanium) 150mm long. A sheath initially keeps them straight but when released they spring into coils. When inside the lungs the spring gathers up and compresses the diseased tissue. This tightens the healthy areas so they can function better. Devised in USA in 2007 trials have been staged in UK with 50 sufferers reporting very positive results in exercise capacity and quality of life.
This year infections have left me in a more severe stage of COPD and during a visit to a consulant at Exeter respiratory unit I was told this procedure will be discussed with me toward the end of this year with a view of being offered it.
The procedure takes 30-40 minutes inder sedation and usually 12 coils are inserted into the longs.
There is hope!!