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At McLaren Thumb Region our multidisciplinary teams diagnose and treat a broad range of respiratory disorders, from asthma and emphysema, to lung cancer and sleep apnea. The clinical teams include board-certified pulmonologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, respiratory therapists, sleep technologists, and other specialized personnel who will work hard to improve your quality of living.

When illness or injury affects your ability to breathe, it can be a medical emergency. In the intensive care units at , ventilators, or breathing machines, can temporarily take over the breathing function for patients who have the most severe breathing problems. Most of us will not need such drastic intervention, but at McLaren Thumb Region, the Pulmonary Medicine Program is helping many patients to breathe easier.

Pulmonologists The heart of our program includes pulmonologists, physicians who specialize in pulmonary medicine. Pulmonologists take care of patients with lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, pneumonia, and lung cancer.

Pulmonary Services

Who can benefit from this program?

Patients with:

  • Emphysema
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Restrictive lung disease
  • Pre and post lung surgery
  • Pre and post lung transplant surgery
  • Sleep disorders
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Acute respiratory disease
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Lung cancer
  • Windpipe and bronchial obstructions
  • And many others

Additional treatments for:

  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea
  • Insomnia (inability to fall asleep)
  • Narcolepsy (inability to stay awake)
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Parasomnias ( sleep walking, sleep taking, etc)
  • Sleep terrors, nightmare and others

Early Detection of COPD include:

  • Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
  • Exercise-induced coughing, dyspnea or wheezing
  • Smokers over 45 years of age (NLHEP recommendation)
  • Obesity
  • Pre-operative testing
  • Occupational exposure to dust and/or documentation of pulmonary disability
  • Asthma diagnosis
  • Pre-existing pulmonary disease
  • Frequent colds
  • Assessment of congestive heart failure

What are the benefits of Pulmonary Treatment?

  • Improved quality of life and increased sense of well-being
  • Decreased shortness of breath
  • Control over breathing pattern
  • Increased strength and endurance
  • Increased knowledge of disease management
  • Decreased anxiety and depression

Pulmonary Rehab at McLaren Thumb Region

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program takes place at the Rankin Center for Rehabilitation on McLaren Thumb Region's Bad Axe Campus. Patients with chronic lung diseases improve their strength and endurance through monitored exercise. The program also includes education about managing the activities of daily living despite the limitations imposed by the disease. Goals are set with the patient, family, and therapist. For example, some patients want to be able to golf again or go fishing. These goals can often be met when muscle strength and endurance are regained. The goal of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is to be able to progress the patient to 30 minutes of continuous exercise of the lower body (walking or bicycling) and 20 minutes of upper body exercise (arm bike or arm exercises).

Another important part of pulmonary rehabilitation is the opportunity for socialization and bonding with others who share the same problems. People can learn from each other and regain their optimism in spite of having a debilitating and chronic condition.

Patients with chronic lung disease often need the support of home medical equipment such as oxygen concentrators, portable oxygen tanks, medication nebulizers, and continuous positive airway pressure (C-PAP) machines that help keep airways open during sleep.