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Pulmonology

SSM Health pulmonologists provide consultation, diagnosis and care for illnesses and conditions that affect breathing and the lungs. In many cases, these conditions also involve the upper respiratory tract and heart. Among the diseases pulmonologists treat are pneumonia, asthma, tuberculosis, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and complicated chest infections. Our pulmonologists also collaborate with oncologists in the care of lung cancer patients.

When you can't breathe, it impacts every aspect of your life. At SSM Health we are committed to providing you with exceptional care to help improve your life and give you the freedom to live the way you want. Our pulmonologists work closely with primary care physicians and other specialists to provide comprehensive care for our patients.

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Interventional Pulmonology

Our interventional pulmonologists use state-of-the-art technology to identify the cause of your respiratory symptoms.

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Lung Cancer Risk Assessment

Our simple lung cancer risk assessment can provide you with more information on your potential risk for this disease.

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Sleep Services

SSM Health pulmonologists can identify sleep disorders to help you get the sleep you need to live your healthiest life.

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Asthma Treatment

Asthma relief is possible with an asthma management plan. Learn how SSM Health can help.

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Bronchial Thermoplasy

Bronchial thermoplasty gives severe asthma patients an option to help them to breathe more easily and be less likely to have an asthma attack.

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Expert Care for Diseases of the Airway

Using advanced medical technologies, our pulmonologists provide in-clinic evaluations and treatment, inpatient critical care and consultation for hospitalized patients, and sleep clinic evaluations and therapies.

Pulmonologists' expertise includes diagnosis and treatment of:

  • Allergic diseases that affect breathing
  • Apnea
  • Asthma
  • Chronic cough
  • Complex airway stenoses
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Infectious diseases of the respiratory system, such as tuberculosis
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Respiratory insufficiency
  • Respiratory problems caused by cystic fibrosis
  • Sleep disorders
  • Smoking cessation
  • Unexplained dyspnea

Procedures we perform include:

  • Balloon airway dilation
  • Bronchoscopy, flexible and rigid
  • Bronchial thermoplasty for severe asthma
  • Critical care medicine
  • Chest tube and tunneled pleural catheter placement
  • Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (ENB)
  • Endobronchial ultrasound, radial and linear (EBUS)
  • Endobronchial valve placement
  • Lung cancer screening
  • Medical thoracoscopy, pleural biopsy and pleurodesis
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Percutaneous dilational tracheostomy
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Polysomnography
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Tracheal and bronchial stent placement
  • Transtrachial oxygen therapy
  • Tumor debulking using argon plasma coagulation (APC), cryotherapy, electrocautery
  • Ultrasound guided thoracentesis and pleural manometry
  • Whole lung lavage

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