Our experienced board-certified pulmonary medicine doctors offer comprehensive knowledge and extensive skill in care.
Pulmonologists are highly specialized doctors who provide an array of diagnostic and treatment options for people experiencing respiratory difficulties. Typically, patients are referred to a pulmonologist by your primary care doctor who suspects you have a respiratory issue.
What should I expect during a visit?
Your doctor will perform a physical examination and order diagnostic procedures such as a complete pulmonary function test. Pulmonologists also employ the use of bronchoscopes to view patients’ airways; spirometers to measure lung capacity; body plethysmography for more accurate lung volume measurements; diffusion capacity tests, and other diagnostic procedures.
What conditions do you treat?
Pulmonologists diagnose and treat pulmonary conditions and diseases such as:
COPD is a common lung inflammatory lung condition that obstructs air from entering the lungs. Patients with COPD generally experience trouble breathing, wheezing, produce excessive quantities of mucus. Typically, COPD is caused by long-term exposure to harmful substances such as cigarette smoke. Our experienced doctors can help patients suffering from COPD achieve symptom control, lower their risk for other related conditions and improve their quality of life.
Asthma is a pulmonary condition where your airways become narrow and swell, making it harder to breathe. While asthma can’t be cured, it can be managed. Your NGPG pulmonary doctor can develop a treatment plan that allows you to live a normal life.
Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure that affects the arteries that feed the lungs. Patients with pulmonary hypertension experience shortness of breath, dizziness, and chest pressure as the heart works harder to pump blood through the narrow, hardened arteries. If left untreated, pulmonary hypertension can lead to heart failure. NGPG’s experienced pulmonary doctors can develop treatment plans that control your
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that gradually worsens over time causing lung infections and limited a person’s ability to breathe. In people with cystic fibrosis, the body’s secretions become sticky and thick, which clogs up ducts and passageways in the lungs and pancreas. While cystic fibrosis cannot be cured, your NGPG doctors can help you control your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Cancer that begins in the lungs is called lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in the US for men and women. People who smoke or have smoked in their lifetimes are most likely to develop lung cancer. Your NGPG pulmonary team will work with specialists across Northeast Georgia Health System to diagnose and treat lung cancer.
When a cough lasts longer than eight weeks in adults and four weeks in children, it is considered a chronic cough. Chronic cough can be caused by asthma, allergies, gastrointestinal reflux, or bronchitis. Your NGPG doctor will evaluate your condition to determine if your cough is caused by an underlying condition. Once the cause is found, your doctor will develop a customized treatment plan to help you recover.
Bronchiectasis is a pulmonary condition that develops when the walls of the bronchi become inflamed and infected. When this occurs, people have breathing trouble.
Interstitial lung disease is a pulmonary condition that can cause progressive lung tissue scarring. It can be caused by substances such as asbestos or from an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis. Your NGPG doctor will determine the underlying cause of your symptoms to develop an appropriate treatment plan. In most cases, treatment will include steroids.
A respiratory infection is generally a viral infection in the respiratory system that can interfere with your normal breathing. It can affect either your upper or lower respiratory system. Because respiratory infections are caused by viruses, they are not treated with antibiotics. Respiratory infections are very dangerous for children, the elderly and patients with immune system disorders.
Tests and Treatments
Northeast Georgia Physician Group offers the following diagnostic tests and treatments:
A bronchoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that helps your doctor find the cause of symptoms that indicate a lung condition such as persistent cough, infection or unusual finding on an X-ray. During bronchoscopy, your doctor will pass a thin tube, called a bronchoscope through the nose, down your throat, and into the lungs.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Lung cancer screening
- Lung transplant
- Lung volume reduction surgery
- Spinal cord injury rehabilitation
- Stop-smoking services
- Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)
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