Lake Regional Pulmonology treats individuals who have lung disease or respiratory conditions.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Interstitial lung disease
- Lung cancer
- Pulmonary fibrosis
Pulmonary Function Testing
Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) measure how well the lungs are moving air in and out. Assessing your lung capacity, volumes and rates of flow provides information to help your physician diagnose certain lung disorders. During the test, specially trained staff will instruct you to breathe through tubes in different patterns while you are seated. If necessary, staff may administer medications to widen your airway.
Pulmonary function tests require a physician's order. They are conducted in the Respiratory Therapy department on the second floor of Lake Regional Hospital. For information, call 573.302.2233.
Lake Regional offers Phase II Pulmonary Rehab, an individualized exercise program for patients who have lung disease. It is designed to increase strength, endurance and confidence. Exercise sessions are 60 to 90 minutes, two to three days a week, depending on the clinic location. Weekly pulmonary education classes focus on breathing techniques, energy conservation, medications and oxygen use.
Pulmonary rehab is offered at Lake Regional Hospital and Lake Regional's Camdenton, Eldon, Lake Ozark and Laurie clinics. A referral from a primary care physician or pulmonologist is required to begin pulmonary rehabilitation.
Better Breathers Support Group
Individuals who have lung disease don't have to face it alone. It's important that patients with lung conditions, such as COPD, get the education and support they need. Better Breathers provides a support system coupled with ongoing education that plays a key role in overall quality of life.
Guest speakers provide educational content during meetings held at 2 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, March through September. For more information or to register, call 573.302.2282.
Sleep Apnea Testing
Many people with obstructive lung diseases such as asthma and COPD also experience sleep disorders. A sleep study at Lake Regional Sleep Center can measure the extent to which lung disease is disrupting your sleep and determine if continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy can benefit you. Learn more about Lake Regional Sleep Medicine here, or call 573.302.2715.
Lake Regional Pulmonology is located in the Lake Regional Medical Office Building, which is connected to the hospital.