Since 2008, the Spiration® Valve System has been approved by the FDA as a Humanitarian Use Device for the control of prolonged air leaks following specified lung resections.*

Redirecting Airflow for Prolonged Air Leaks

Postoperative air leaks continue to be the most common complication following surgical resection and a leading cause of increased hospitalization, morbidity and cost. Traditional management of prolonged leaks involves chest drainage and observation followed by more invasive treatments when leaks do not resolve.1, 2, 3

Traditional “wait and see” approaches can lead to increased length of stay (LOS) and frustration for both the provider and patient.1, 2 The Spiration Valve System is a minimally invasive procedure that provides surgeons and pulmonologists a novel method for limiting distal airflow to damaged lung. It is a proactive option in the management of prolonged air leaks.5

Inspiration Meets Innovation

The Spiration Valve is an umbrella-shaped, one-way valve that is placed via a delivery catheter, introduced through the working channel of a flexible bronchoscope.

The valve consists of a nitinol frame covered with a polymer membrane and five anchors that securely engage the airway walls at the targeted treatment location. Once in place, the Spiration Valve limits airflow to damaged tissue while allowing trapped air and fluid to escape. A reduction in air flow to damaged lung has been shown to accelerate resolution of an air leak. Because air leaks are transient in nature, the Spiration Valve was designed to be removed upon resolution of the leak.4

Secure Placement
The first and only valve with anchors designed to maintain position and minimize expectoration.
Greater Airway Access
More flexibility when placing a valve. Anchors can be in a separate airway than where sealing is.
Redirects Air
The first and only valve with umbrella struts to minimize tissue contact and allow secretions to escape naturally along the bronchial wall.
The first and only valve designed to facilitate removal.



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  1. Cerfolio RJ and Bryant AS. The benefits of continuous and digital air leak assessment after elective pulmonary resection: a prospective study. Ann Thorac Surg 2008;86:396-401.
  2. Stolz AJ, Schutzner J, et al. Predictors of prolonged air leak following pulmonary lobectomy. Eur J Cariothorac Surg 2005;27:334-336.
  3. Wood DE, Cerfolio RJ, Gonzalez et al. Bronchoscopic management of prolonged air leak. Clin Chest Med 31 2010 127-133.
  4. Instructions for Use, Spiration Valve System, HUD.
  5. Mahajan AK, Doeing DC, Hogarth DK. Isolation of persistent leaks and placement of intrabronchial valves. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2013;145:626-30.