CRMC clinic becomes first in Wyoming to assess patients for critical lung operation

Cheyenne Regional’s Medical Specialty Clinic designated as first assessment center in Wyoming for zephyr valve treatment
Sessions will focus on stroke prevention, the importance of calling 911, the journey of a...
Sessions will focus on stroke prevention, the importance of calling 911, the journey of a stroke patient, along with resource management and follow-up care.(CRMC)
Published: Apr. 25, 2023 at 11:55 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is accustomed to accomplishment and on Tuesday that trend continued.

CRMC’s Medical Specialty Clinic became the first health facility in Wyoming to be designated as an assessment center for a treatment using zephyr valves.

This minimally invasive option has been shown to help patients with emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease breathe better and have increased stamina.

“Clinical trials have shown that patients who undergo this procedure often have improved lung function and exercise capacity, which can improve their overall quality of life,” said Dr. Danille Prime, the Cheyenne Regional pulmonologist/critical care specialist, who helped the clinic receive the assessment center certification.

Zephyr valves are tiny, one-way valves that allow air trapped in the lungs to be exhaled and prevent more air from being trapped, allowing patients to breathe better.

“People with COPD or emphysema can struggle to catch their breath during regular activities because the damaged parts of their lungs cannot release trapped air and become overinflated,” Dr. Prime said. “With this certification, our clinic can evaluate patients to see if they are a good candidate for this procedure, which can be transformative.”

More information about zephyr valve assessment and treatment is available by contacting the Cheyenne Regional Medical Group Medical Specialty Clinic at (307) 638-7757.