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The Pulmonary Care department at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital serves as a resource for patients with lung disease and sleep disorders through physician referral services and patient education.
WE CAN HELP WITH DIAGNOSIS
Physicians at St. Luke's recognize that the best method for diagnosing many pulmonary problems is a combination of a physical exam, a chest x-ray and pulmonary function testing. You can also be tested for pulmonary sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, at our world-renowned Sleep Center. Learn more about our Sleep Center.
Our physicians are board-certified pulmonologists who perform physical exams with confidence because they have trained, studied and practiced with experts in their field. Our medical staff treats patients with compassion and care, getting to know their medical and personal history and focusing on the whole patient - body, mind and spirit.
This experience and attention to personal detail are complemented by an extensive array of some of the most technologically advanced diagnostic equipment in the world. Among the tools used to evaluate patients at our new state-of-the-art facilities in the Texas Medical Center are:
Pulmonary Function Testing
Diagnostic Chest Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
Polysomnography Tests for sleep disorders (like sleep apnea, which can be treated at the St. Luke's Sleep Center)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
You can also calculate your sleep score by to identify potential sleep problems that you may be experiencing.
Ask your physician for a referral or call 832-355-4343.
WE CAN HELP WITH TREATMENT
Treatment for lung conditions varies according to each patient’s particular condition. Pulmonary physicians at St. Luke's recognize this and offer a full range of treatment options, based on the individual needs of each patient. We understand that the best treatment is delivered as a continuum of care -- encompassing prevention, treatment and education and extending into a patient's home in some cases.
The overarching goal of the pulmonary care treatment programs is to restore a patient’s health, while empowering him or her to manage or prevent a worsening or return of the problem. To achieve this goal, our doctors may recommend medical treatment, which will minimize disability, prevent acute episodes, and reduce the chances of future hospitalization. Pulmonary rehabilitation programs, for which we provide referrals, along with medical treatment, have also proven useful with many patients.
Alternatively, St. Luke's physicians may prescribe particular medications – such as bronchodilators, antibiotics, or expectorants – to help manage a particular condition.
St. Luke's specialists will consider surgical interventions when necessary. Among the respiratory surgeries performed at St. Luke’s are lung transplantation and lobectomy (surgical removal of part of the lung).
St. Luke’s recently adopted an innovative surgical procedure for treating chronic pulmonary patients who require long-term, continuous oxygen therapy. The surgical procedure — known as the Fast Tract™ insertion procedure — is combined with Transtracheal Oxygen (TTO) Therapy to improve the quality and length of life for patients with chronic pulmonary disease who previously have found it challenging to use nasal cannulas. Together, the surgical procedure and TTO Therapy provide oxygen exactly where patients need it, directly into their lungs. To learn more about this procedure, read our news release here or visit the Transtracheal Systems web site.