What are endobronchial coils?
Endobronchial coils are a treatment to improve breathing for patients who have severe emphysema. The coils are straightened to pass through your airways into the diseased parts of your lung. They are then released and gently curl back to their original shape. They gather up unhealthy lung tissue and hold open the airways to help you breathe more easily, feel better and be more active. Coils do not cure emphysema and breathing will still decline over time. About 1 in 5 people treated with coils do not find they help.
Coils are new so treatment is done alongside research to learn more about how they work, who benefits from coils and the longer term safety.