In addition, Lakewood provides treatment and diagnosis for a wide range of pulmonary disorders. This service is provided in partnership with CentraCare of St. Cloud with a certified pulmonologist providing regular visits to our clinic in Staples.
What Conditions Do Pulmonologists Treat?
A pulmonologist can treat many kinds of lung problems. These include:
- Asthma, a disease that inflames and narrows your airways and makes it hard to breathe
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a group of lung diseases that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis
- Cystic fibrosis, a disease caused by changes in your genes that makes sticky mucus build up in your lungs
- Emphysema, which damages the air sacs in your lungs
- Interstitial lung disease, a group of conditions that scar and stiffen your lungs
- Lung cancer, a type of cancer that starts in the lungs
- Obstructive sleep apnea, which causes repeated pauses in your breathing while you sleep
- Pulmonary hypertension, or high blood pressure in the arteries of your lungs
- Tuberculosis, a bacterial infection of the lungs
- Bronchiectasis, which damages your airways so they widen and become flabby or scarred
- Bronchitis, which is when your airways are inflamed, with a cough and extra mucus. It can lead to an infection.
- Pneumonia, an infection that makes the air sacs (alveoli) in your lungs inflamed and filled with pus
- COVID-19 pneumonia, which can cause severe breathing problems and respiratory failure
Many patients with chronic lung conditions can benefit from participating in pulmonary rehabilitation. With a mixture of education and exercise, pulmonary rehab can dramatically change your quality of life.
Educational topics covered in pulmonary rehabilitation include oxygen use, exercise, medications, nutrition, relaxation, communication, emotions and daily living.
Contact the Respiratory Therapy Department or your provider today to see if you are eligible for Pulmonary Rehab.