Pulmonology

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As a subspecialty of internal medicine, pulmonology is concerned with diseases of the lungs and bronchial tubes. It often involves the evaluation of the upper respiratory tract and the heart, but because of the variety of clinical problems encountered, physicians are required to have knowledge of internal medicine and other specialties in order to receive certification. Also, pulmonology often involves managing patients who need life support and mechanical ventilation.

A Breath of Fresh Air

For everyone in the pulmonology department — doctors, nurses, support staff — good outcomes and patient comfort are priority number one

A relatively new field in pulmonary medicine, interventional pulmonology involves using endoscopy and other tools to diagnose and treat various conditions of the chest and lungs. It is focused on the use of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for patients who have been diagnosed with pleural diseases, airway disorders and lung cancer. Pulmonologists with extra training are able to routinely perform interventional pulmonology procedures. These usually include:

  • airway stent (bronchial stent)
  • balloon bronchoplasty
  • biopsy of lung or lymph node
  • bronchoalveolar lavage (performed during bronchoscopy)
  • flexible bronchoscopy

At Marina del Rey Hospital, our physicians are engaged in clinical research devoted to furthering the use of interventional pulmonology, and use state-of-the-art treatments and therapies to deliver a personalized approach to each patient. Our Pulmonology Department is equipped with some of the world's most advanced flexible bronchoscopic tools, digital imaging, fluoroscopy and pathology support. 

Lung Disease Treatment at Marina del Rey Hospital

Depending on your diagnosis, in order to manage the symptoms of your disease and to improve your quality of life, your doctor may suggest one or more of the following options:

  • medications (such as bronchodilators and inhaled steroids)
  • pulmonary rehabilitation
  • physical activity training
  • lifestyle changes
  • oxygen treatment
  • surgery
  • managing complications

We Play an Active Role in Our Community

Through general lectures and events for patients and residents, seminars for therapists, and meetings with doctors and staff. Register for a seminar or join us for a special event at Marina Del Rey Hospital.

Frequently Asked Questions

Asthma is a chronic disease that cannot be cured.

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The pulmonary function test is one of the most effective methods of diagnosing and managing pulmonary affections.

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Pulmonology is the medical specialty focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of lung and respiratory tract affections. Our pulmonologists are certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and are able to diagnose your respiratory tract disease and advise necessary treatment.

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Pulmonary rehabilitation, or respiratory therapy program, is a medically based exercise and education program, which is specifically planned for patients suffering from chronic lung diseases.

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Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive debilitating condition characterized by scarring of the lung tissues that slowly affects breathing ability.

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