Pulmonology involves the diagnosis and treatment of lung diseases and diseases of the respiratory
tract. Treatments for these diseases and disorders are either medical or surgical. Surgical procedures are performed by thoracic surgeon and will follow an evaluation by a pulmonologist. Medical treatments are used more frequently and are in either inhalation or oral forms. Oxygen therapy, for patients with emphysema or pulmonary fibrosis, are also managed by a pulmonologists, as are patients on mechanical ventilation.
Fort Sanders Pulmonary Wellness & Rehabilitation
Outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation programs help people with chronic lung conditions learn to manage their disease so they may live and breathe easier.
Fort Sanders Pulmonary Wellness & Rehabilitation, developed in 1983, was the first pulmonary rehab program in Knox County. Our program is also one of the first to receive national certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation for consistent clinical outcomes for lung patients.
The American Thoracic Society identifies pulmonary rehabilitation as part of the standard of care for people who have significant lung symptoms. Our nurses, respiratory therapists, dietitians, counselors and pharmacist work as a team, in conjunction with physicians to provide an intensive lifestyle modification approach for lung disease management.
Fort Sanders Pulmonary Wellness & Rehabilitation is an approved satellite program for the National Emphysema Treatment Trial. The pulmonary outreach and education program is funded in part by a grant to the Fort Sanders Foundation from the Will Rogers Institute.
You are eligible for the Pulmonary Wellness and Rehabilitation Program if you have lung disease and are referred by your physician. One of our nurse case managers will talk with you about your exercise and health goals. Each session lasts for two hours with one hour for medically-supervised and monitored exercise and one hour for group education. Spouses are welcome to attend education classes and observe exercise sessions at no charge.
Most insurance companies cover pulmonary rehabilitation services. Our nurse case managers will help with insurance approval and billing concerns. Our nurse case managers will also send reports to your referring physician and your family doctor at the end of the program. Call (865) 541-1250 to schedule an intake appointment.
Fort Sanders Professional Building
501 20th Street, Suite 302
Phone: (865) 541-1250
Fax: (865) 541-1559
If you live outside Knox County and need information about pulmonary rehabilitation programs in your community, please call 1-800-556-3404.