"Having complex lung disease, such as airway narrowing or spots in the chest, can be very uncomfortable and stressful. Using an expert team and state-of-the-art techniques, our priority is to get our patients their diagnosis and care as soon as possible."
Both benign and cancerous lung diseases can disrupt your life, causing pain, difficulty breathing and other serious issues. Our lung specialists use minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and intervene in the course of these diseases (called interventional pulmonology).
Our team helps you find the answers you need quickly, improving your quality of life as soon as possible. We specialize in complex lung diseases and the problems they cause, including lung cancer, pleural disorders, airway disorders and more.
Why Choose Us for Complex Lung Treatment
- No matter what’s causing your lung and breathing trouble, we get you the care you need.
- We are the region’s leading referral center for evaluation of lung nodules, lung masses and unusual causes of pneumonia.
- We also receive the most referrals in the region to treat chest-related complications from lung cancer and other cancers.
- Bronchoscopies provide accurate and timely diagnosis for lung cancer and other serious conditions. With over 1,000 performed yearly, we offer unmatched expertise.
- If you have lung cancer, you not only have our full support, but the full support of our world-class lung cancer team.
Conditions We Treat
Our specialists have the expertise to care for conditions that very few centers in the country can care for. Conditions we treat include:
- Undiagnosed lung nodules and masses (spots on the lungs)
- Abnormal lymph nodes in the chest
- Complications of advanced lung cancer
- Benign airway stenosis (non-cancerous narrowing of the airway)
- Unusual causes of pneumonia (lung infection and inflammation)
- Pleural effusion (fluid in the lungs)
- Pneumothorax (collapsed lung)
- Certain cases of asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
Lung Cancer Screening
The best way to beat lung cancer is to catch it early. If you have a high risk of lung cancer, our comprehensive lung cancer screening program helps you stay healthy. Among other resources, the program offers yearly low-dose CT scanning (LDCT), proven to reduce lung cancer deaths by 20%.
Advanced Bronchoscopy for Complex Lung Disease
Bronchoscopy is a common minimally invasive procedure where your doctor inserts a tiny camera down the throat to look inside your lungs and airways. Using state-of-the-art tools, we perform bronchoscopies to diagnose and treat a variety of lung-related issues.
In case of possible lung cancer, our approach is to both diagnose and stage during a single procedure. Doing so maximizes accuracy, minimizes risk and allows treatment to be started as soon as possible.
If you have undiagnosed lung masses (or spots on the lung), ask your doctor about a referral for bronchoscopy.
Pleural Biopsy and Drainage
The lining around the lung, called the pleura, can become diseased for a variety of reasons. Sometimes this leads to pain and buildup of air or fluid around the lungs. We use various advanced techniques to improve your quality of life, diagnose the condition, treat it effectively and prevent it from occurring again.
Full List of Procedures
Our clinic provides many specialized procedures used to diagnose and treat complex lung conditions, including:
- Endobronchial ultrasound
- Electromagnetic navigation
- Rigid bronchoscopy
- Airway dilation (bronchoplasty)
- Airway stent placement
- Laser and electroablation of tissue
- Pleural catheter placement
- Photodynamic therapy
- Endobronchial valve placement
- Bronchial thermoplasty
- Ultrasound-guided thoracentesis
- Cryobiopsy and cryoablation of tissue
- Medical thoracoscopy
What to Expect
Referral from Your Physician
Most patients are referred to our clinic when their doctor suspects a more complex lung or breathing disorder. After you’re referred, contact us as soon as possible to confirm your appointment.
If you have persistent pain, coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath, visit your primary care doctor. Your doctor can help you determine if a referral is needed.
Sudden chest pain and trouble breathing may be signs of a life-threatening issue — consider visiting the emergency department right away.
Your First Visit
For certain lung diseases (like lung cancer), timely diagnosis can have a huge impact on treatment and outcomes. That’s why we review your case as soon as you’re referred and prioritize your first visit based on urgency.
If we suspect cancer may be a diagnosis, our goal is to schedule your first visit within one week.
At your first visit to our clinic, you’ll meet with a lung specialist to go over your next steps. Your specialist will help you understand your suspected diagnosis, the tests you need and all treatment options.
Diagnosis and Treatment
In interventional pulmonology, minimally invasive procedures may be used to both diagnose and treat your lung condition. Minimally invasive procedures reduce damage to your body, allowing for shorter recovery times and faster relief from your pain.
If you need one of these procedures, it will usually be performed within a week after your initial visit.
- When you undergo a procedure for diagnosis, you’ll usually have an answer within one week.
- When you undergo a procedure for treatment, you’ll usually feel better right away.
Your lung specialist usually performs these procedures in our outpatient clinic. Our patients can often return home soon afterward.
Depending on your condition, though, we may need to call on additional specialists, like thoracic (chest) surgeons and cancer experts. All of our teams work closely to give you timely, effective care.
Whether your condition is treated at our clinic or requires other specialties, we’re by your side the whole way. We regularly follow up with you to make sure you’ve received the appropriate care for your condition.
Take the Next Step
If your pain, coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath isn’t going away, visit your primary care doctor. Your doctor will help you determine if you need a referral for interventional pulmonology.
If you have a referral or already received a diagnosis, we’re here to help. Schedule an appointment today.