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 pulmonologists, as are patients on mechanical ventilation.
Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association as a Pulmonary Hypertension Comprehensive Care Center, providing inpatient care and the latest treatments for the condition.
Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB) procedures are a minimally invasive approach that accesses difficult-to-reach areas of the lung, aiding in the detection and diagnosis of lung disease. Using GPS-like technology, the surgeon steers a catheter through the patient’s natural airways to reach lesions in the deepest areas of the lungs. This revolutionary technology can detect hard-to-reach lung tumors that can be difficult to find with traditional techniques.
Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) is a minimally invasive procedure used to diagnose lung cancer, infections and other diseases. EBUS allows physicians to obtain tissue or fluid samples from the lungs and surrounding lymph nodes in the chest without surgery. The samples can be used to diagnose and stage lung cancer, detect infections and identify inflammatory diseases.
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) 331-1250 to schedule an intake appointment.
Fort Sanders Professional Building
501 20th Street, Suite 302
Phone: (865) 331-1250
Fax: (865) 331-1559
To schedule a pulmonary function test, please call (865) 374-4000.