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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Take control of your health: Rehab programs from our center

If you currently suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, or any other chronic lung disease, then Touro’s pulmonary rehab program is for you. While lung disease can be frightening, there are numerous things you can do to improve your situation and reduce the risk of further complications. Our program focuses on information, confidence, optimal function, and prevention. We teach you about your condition and give you the confidence to make positive changes. Our program results in faster progress than at-home rehab. And most importantly, it helps prevent future heart problems as a result of lung disease..

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What is a pulmonary rehabilitation program

Pulmonary rehabilitation programs help patients with chronic lung conditions recover from their illnesses and breathe better. We have devised effective programs designed to treat these conditions following medical procedures. They include a regimented exercise program designed to increase endurance, strength, and flexibility. We also provide thorough educational programs to help patients understand their condition and teach self-management techniques. We provide counseling services to handle the psychological aspects and provide programs to help people quit smoking. The result is a healthier and happier lifestyle.

Rehabilitation for healthier lungs and heart

Our goal is to use our pulmonary rehabilitation programs to help our patients overcoming otherwise debilitating conditions. We do so by enacting a two-phase approach. In the first, we educate you on better nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle habits. Once this phase ends, we enter the maintenance period. During this phase, our nurses and exercise specialists monitor your progress while giving you the confidence you need to carry the lessons learned in the first phase through the rest of your life. We’ve helped patients from across New Orleans and the surrounding area make long-lasting positive changes.

Pulmonary rehab programs

Phase I pulmonary rehab

Inpatient program for patients where they engage in monitored low level exercise and receive patient education.

Phase II pulmonary rehab

Over 12 weeks, our respiratory therapists and exercise specialists collaborate to develop effective programs for each of our patients. Because each patient is unique, with their own strengths and limitations, we individualize the program. For example, older patients with arthritis will perform exercises that don’t tax their joints. You’ll attend three sessions a week, where we monitor your exercise for blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and physical exertion levels. Our learning sessions include courses on nutrition, stress management, smoking cessation, weight control, and behavior modification.

Phase III pulmonary rehab

We want to ensure the lessons learned in Phase II stick. That’s why Phase III is so essential. During these weeks, we continue to monitor your vitals during your exercise program. But we also want to empower you to take ownership of the progress you’ve made by offering encouragement. We believe doing so gives our patients the tools they need to carry their changes through the rest of their lives.

What is pulmonary rehab used to treat?

We utilize pulmonary rehabilitation to treat a vast array of conditions. It is effective in combatting chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases like emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Our program also addresses sarcoidosis and cystic fibrosis. Patients who fully embrace the program have fewer symptoms and complications, don’t visit the hospital as much, enjoy a better daily life, and are more independent. To accomplish these goals, patients work with a diverse team of medical professionals. They include a pulmonologist, thoracic surgeon, physiatrist, internist, nurses, and more.

We focus on a broad range of issues during the program

The pulmonary rehabilitation program includes assistance with medications, breathing exercises, stretching, weight training, exercise, education, stress management and emotional support, and nutritional advice. The program’s primary goal is to improve patient health and encourage recovery by teaching patients the skills they need to secure a happier and healthier life for themselves.

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