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Pulmonary care

Pulmonary care provides treatment for lung and respiratory conditions, including asthma, bronchitis, certain allergies and chest wall conditions.

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Pulmonary and respiratory care in Smyrna, Tennessee

We offer compassionate support for lung issues

TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center offers board-certified pulmonologists who treat lung and respiratory issues. These issues often require long-term care, so we work with you and your family to make informed decisions about the best treatment options.

Need a physician referral?

TriStar MedLine can help. We are available by phone Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 7:00pm CST.

TriStar MedLine can help. We are available by phone Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 7:00pm CST.

Lung and respiratory conditions we treat

You should see a pulmonologist if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Asbestosis
  • Asthma – narrowing and swelling of the airways
  • Bronchiolitis – inflammation of the bronchioles
  • Bronchitis – inflammation of the bronchial tubes
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema – lung condition causing shortness of breath
  • Lung cancer
  • Lung issues related to occupational exposure
  • Pneumonia – inflammation of the air sacs
  • Pneumothorax – collapsed lung
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Wet lungs – inflammation of the lung tissue triggered by an immune response

Pulmonary treatments we offer

We offer a range of lung care services to help with moderate and severe respiratory issues.

What is the respiratory system?

The respiratory system is made up of three major parts: the airway, lungs and upper chest and neck muscles. This system brings oxygen into the body through inhalation and removes carbon dioxide in exhalation. It involves several mechanisms throughout the body to function properly. Whenever any one of those mechanisms fails to do its job correctly, a respiratory issue occurs.

When to see a pulmonologist

If you are experiencing a minor allergy-related cough or cold, you can likely resolve the issue by visiting your closest urgent care. However, if you have a severe cough, a cough that last for more than three weeks, asthma or COPD, a visit to a pulmonologist may be needed. A pulmonologist is a doctor who specializes in studying and treating issues, diseases and disorders of the respiratory system.

Procedures and treatments we offer

Based on your condition, your pulmonologist may recommend a more specialized procedure or treatment. We provide:

  • Diagnostic Bronchoscopy with biopsy and/or wash
  • Endobronchial ultrasound biopsy (EBUS)
  • Home oxygen therapy evaluation
  • Lung cancer screening
  • Methacholine Challenge Test (also known as bronchoprovocation test)
  • Overnight oximetry test
  • Palliative care
  • Pleural Effusion Diagnosis and Management
  • Pulmonary function test
  • Rigid bronchoscopy
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Therapeutic bronchoscopy
  • Thoracentesis-Removal of fluid from plural cavity
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy (ENB)

TriStar StoneCrest provides ENB services using lung GPS technology.

What is lung GPS technology?

Just as your car’s GPS technology is able to guide your road trip, lung GPS technology guides your physician as he or she navigates your airways. Lung GPS is a specialized bronchoscope to investigate lung lesions or suspicious areas. This technology is also called electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (ENB).


Is lung GPS recommended?

If lung lesion (an abnormal spot or structure within your lungs) has been detected, your physician may use lung GPS to determine the nature of the lesion. This technology lets your doctor evaluate your condition without a more invasive surgical procedure.


What is the procedure for a lung GPS?

You will be positioned on an electromagnetic panel and placed under general anesthesia. The physician then inserts the bronchoscope through the nose or mouth and into the airways. The bronchoscope has a special sensor that provides the physician with a 3-dimensional “roadmap” to guide the bronchoscope to the lesion’s location. The device then provides visual information and can take a biopsy of the lesion.


What are the results of a lung GPS?

Lung GPS helps us diagnose lung cancer earlier, so that you can begin treatment as soon as possible. If the system helps to identify a benign condition, you may be able to avoid surgery altogether.


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