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Norton Pulmonary Specialists is a leader in treating lung diseases such as emphysema for patients in Louisville and Southern Indiana.
The board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists at Norton Pulmonary Specialists have the experience and training to manage emphysema and provide leading-edge alternatives to surgery.
Our physicians can perform innovative procedures such as endobronchial lung volume reduction therapy. Using a bronchoscope, our interventional pulmonologists are experienced at implanting valves in your lungs to ease breathing.
Emphysema and chronic bronchitis typically come together. Both are forms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Our specialists have the experience and training to provide a precise diagnosis and customize a customized treatment plan for both conditions.
If you have emphysema, the air sacs (alveoli) in your lungs are damaged. The air sacs have ruptured, leading to fewer large air sacs instead of many small ones. The result is less surface area to absorb oxygen out of your breath and transfer it to your blood.
The ruptured air sacs don’t allow you to exhale all of your breath. The result is less room for fresh air with oxygen.
Typical causes of emphysema include long-term exposure to tobacco or marijuana smoke and air pollution.
Treatments include medication, therapy and surgery. Sometimes one method will work, and sometimes patients need a combination of treatments. With an entire team working for you, we evaluate your specific condition and recommend a treatment plan that is suited to you.
For some patients with emphysema, the interventional pulmonologists at Norton Pulmonary Specialists use an innovative procedure to free up the healthier part of your lungs to do their work.
As an alternative to lung volume reduction surgery, we offer endobronchial lung volume reduction therapy. Our interventional pulmonologists can insert a valve to essentially shut down, rather than remove, diseased lung tissue.
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We meet as a team every week to collaborate on all of our cases, to bring you comprehensive care. When you work with Norton Pulmonary Specialists you work with a team of research specialists, physicians and medical professionals dedicated to finding the best treatment for you.
The board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians with Norton Pulmonary Specialists, formerly Chest Medicine Associates and Kentuckiana Pulmonary Associates, are leaders in caring for Louisville and Southern Indiana patients with asthma, COPD, emphysema and other lung diseases.
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