For Referring Providers 

Who is eligible for endobronchial valves? 

  • Patients with COPD who are short of breath despite maximal guideline-based medical therapies 
  • Patients with hyperinflation by lung volumes 
  • Patients who have quit smoking at least 4 months ago 
  • Patients who take less than 20 mg prednisone daily 
  • Patients who have had less than two hospital admissions for COPD exacerbations within the last 12 months 

What can my patient expect at their first visit? 

  • Patients will undergo testing on their initial clinic visit day including lung function tests, CT scan, echocardiogram, blood tests 
  • Patients will meet one of our interventional pulmonologists to discuss details of the procedure and recovery, discuss their test results, and the need for any further testing or evaluation 
  • Patients will get a printed summary of their visit including a plan for next steps. Information will also be sent to the referring provider, usually via fax within one week of the clinic visit 

How do I refer my patients? 

To refer your patient, call the Pulmonology office at 217-214-6267 or fax to 217-223-9045.