It can be scary to learn there’s something preventing your lungs from working correctly, but the interventional pulmonologists in the Sutter Health network can help. We use minimally invasive endoscopic techniques to diagnose respiratory disorders and treat a wide range of pulmonary conditions, including lung cancer.
Throughout the Sutter Health network, we perform more than 20 procedures for a variety of lung disorders, including:
- Benign tumors (in airways or lungs)
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Coughing up blood
- Lung cancer
- Pulmonary fibrosis
Most interventional pulmonology procedures target airways, lung lesions or tumors, and are done as outpatient procedures. Here are some of the services we offer.
Interventional pulmonologists can open narrowed airways using a number of different minimally invasive procedures. An airway stent can open airways obstructed or narrowed by infection, tumors or scar tissue.
If you suffer from asthma, bronchial thermoplasty uses radiofrequency energy to heat the smoother muscle walls of your airways and can help lessen your symptoms.
Using ultrasound technologies, your interventional pulmonologist can perform biopsies in multiple areas, resulting in greater accuracy. To biopsy lymph nodes in the middle of the chest, an endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) is used. Because the pulmonologist can see the needle as it is placed inside the abnormality, the risk of puncturing a blood vessel is minimized.