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PULMONARY SERVICES
TAMPA, BRANDON, AND WESLEY CHAPEL


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Pulmonary & Sleep of Tampa Bay has helped countless patients breathe easier. Our team of board-certified lung doctors is made up of some of the top pulmonary specialists in Central Florida. With decades of combined experience, we provide comprehensive care and treatment for a range of respiratory conditions, from seasonal allergies to lung cancer, and help you manage your pulmonary conditions.


COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT PULMONARY SERVICES

What pulmonary disorders to you treat?

  • A Pleural Effusion
  • Allergies
  • Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) Deficiency
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Chronic Cough
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Nodules
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Hypertension


What services do you provide for pulmonary disorders?

  • Allergy Testing and Immunotherapy
  • Bronchial Thermoplasty
  • Bronchoscopy
  • COPD Clinic
  • Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound
  • Flexible Rhinoscopy
  • Pulmonary Function Tests

What kinds of allergy testing do you do?

We use a variety of allergy testing methods, including blood tests and skin tests, to pinpoint the source of your allergy. This allows us develop an individualized plan of treatment for managing your symptoms.


What is immunotherapy?

For long-term management of your allergies, we offer immunotherapy, or allergy shots.



What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease that’s caused by the inflammation of the airways. When an asthma attack happens, the muscles around your airways become constricted and the lining around the air passage swells up. This decreases the amount of air that can pass by, thereby affecting your breathing. The good news is that with the right medical care and prudent monitoring, it is manageable.


How do you care for patients with asthma?

In our asthma clinics, our specialist are advancing the medical world’s knowledge of asthma treatments by conducting Phase II-IV clinical trials in our state-of-the-art facility.

For severe asthma, we offer Bronchial Thermoplasty, an outpatient procedure that delivers controlled, therapeutic radiofrequency energy to the airway wall, and can sharply reduce asthma attacks. Clinical studies have shown that 79% of patients who underwent a Bronchial Thermoplasty experienced a significant improvement in asthma-related symptoms and quality of life.


How do you treat severe asthma? What is Bronchial Thermoplasty?

Pulmonary & Sleep of Tampa Bay offers Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT), an outpatient procedure for treating severe asthma that delivers controlled, therapeutic radiofrequency energy to the airway wall, and can sharply reduce asthma attacks. This procedure is typically recommended for adult patients who suffer from severe, persistent asthma that does not respond to previous medical treatments. Clinical studies have shown that 79% of patients who underwent Bronchial Thermoplasty experienced a significant improvement in asthma-related symptoms and quality of life.

How it works:

  • The procedure is delivered by the Alair® System, which consists of an Alair® Catheter and Alair® Radiofrequency (RF) Controller
  • It is performed during a bronchoscopy, an examination of the lungs using an instrument called a bronchoscope, a tube with a camera on one end
  • The Alair® Catheter is inserted into the desired area of the airways via the bronchoscope
  • The Alair® Catheter expands the airway walls, and a pulmonologist starts the Alair® RF Controller, which transports low-power energy through the Alair® Catheter to the airway wall
  • The Alair® RF Controller sends temperature-controlled heat to the airway
  • Each transmittal is 10 seconds long
  • Three separate outpatient treatments are performed on three different areas of the lungs
  • Treatments are typically scheduled three weeks apart
  • Procedures are performed under moderate sedation or light anesthesia
  • Patients usually go home the same day

Who is eligible:

  • Sufferers of severe, persistent asthma who over the age of 18
  • Patients with asthma that is not well-controlled, even if they take inhaled corticosteroids and/or bronchodilators
  • Patients who take oral corticosteroids may be eligible

What can delay the procedure:

  • A current respiratory infection
  • An asthma attack or a dose change of corticosteroids in the past 14 days
  • A bleeding disorder
  • Inability to stop taking anticoagulants, antiplatelet agents, aspirin, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications before the procedure



How do you treat childhood asthma?

Childhood asthma prompts the airways and lungs to become easily inflamed when exposed to certain triggers. Although childhood asthma is not very different from adult asthma, children diagnosed with asthma must cope with some difficult challenges that include missed school days, regular visits to the emergency room, and hospitalizations. Long-term medications, quick-relief medications, allergy-induced treatments, and inhaled-medication devices can all help with pediatric asthma.


What is Bronchoscopy?

This procedure, which can be used for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, allows our pulmonary specialists to look inside your lungs’ airways and determine the source of your symptoms.


What are pulmonary function tests?

PFT’s are essential to diagnosing and understanding our patient’s lung conditions. The respiratory therapists at Pulmonary & Sleep of Tampa Bay use Medgraphics, state-of-the-art pulmonary diagnostic system, to help identify and diagnose potential lung disorders. When indicated, we also perform needle biopsies of the lung. Medgraphics enables us to:

  • Diagnose and effectively manage a wide range of lung disorders and diseases
  • Assess the progression of lung disease
  • Survey for possible lung impairments caused by radiation, chemotherapy
  • Provide precise measurements of respiratory and airway pressure, and analysis of inhaled-exhaled breath


What types of tests does the PFT lab offer?

  • Spirometry: measures amount and/or speed of air that can be inhaled/exhaled
  • Nitrogen Washing Functional Residual Capacity: measures volume of air left in the lungs after a normal, passive exhalation
  • Lung Diffusion Capacity Testing: evaluate how well oxygen moves into and out of lungs
  • Maximum inspiratory pressure/maximum expiratory pressure
  • 6-minute walk test to evaluate oxygen needs at rest and during exercise
  • Inhalers, spacers education


Why should we use your Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) Lab?

Our Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) Lab offers razor-edge technology with first-rate care. If you have potential lung disorders, consider our Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) Laboratory. It features Medgraphics and is staffed by certified respiratory therapists (RT) and trained Pulmonary Technologists who follow strict national standards and guidelines while offering caring, personal medical treatment.

Pulmonary & Sleep of Tampa Bay is the only medical group in the area accredited by the Joint Commission. This means we’ve been recognized for our compliance with rigorous national performance standards that promote safe and quality health care for our patients.

Your convenience is key, so you can expect:

  • Prompt service
  • Rapid turnaround time for results; usually 24 hours
  • No consult required (full pulmonary evaluation available upon request)
  • Help improving outcomes while managing the cost of care

Patients can access the lab Monday through Friday.


Who can utilize Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) Lab?

  • Primary care physicians
  • Surgeons
  • Cardiologists
  • Pain management physicians/clinics
  • Law firms specializing in workers' compensation


What services and tests does Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) Lab offer?

  • Spirometry (measures amount and/or speed of air that can be inhaled/exhaled)
  • Nitrogen washing Functional Residual Capacity (FRC) (measures volume of air left in the lungs after a normal, passive exhalation)
  • Lung Diffusion Capacity Testing (DLCO) (evaluate how well oxygen moves into and out of lungs)
  • Maximum inspiratory pressure/maximum expiratory pressure
  • 6-minute walk test to evaluate oxygen needs at rest and during exercise
  • Inhalers, spacers education
  • Smoking cessation counseling
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