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.
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.
Extreme cold can be used to destroy airway tumors by freezing the tissue through cryotherapy. In this procedure, a probe that has been super-cooled is applied repeatedly over the entire surface of the tumor tissue. APC can also be used with cryotherapy to re-canalize airways obstructed by a tumor.