Our respiratory system is one of our most valuable assets. Regional Health’s comprehensive pulmonology center offers the latest technology in diagnosing, treating and providing education for patients who need pulmonology care related to asthma, interstitial lung diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and many more. Our pulmonology team includes board-certified physicians, respiratory therapists, skilled nurses and a diagnostic team.
Our pulmonary rehabilitation gym combines exercise training with nutrition consultations and other tactics to treat your underlying conditions. When necessary, Regional Health Home+ Medical Equipment has a range of devices that can help patients breathe better.
You might seek care from a pulmonologist for the following conditions:
- Asthma – A condition that generally presents as wheezing, difficulty breathing and coughing.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – This describes a variety of conditions such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The lung tissue becomes damaged and inflamed, obstructing air flow.
- Interstitial lung disease – Conditions such as pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid lung disease and sarcoidosis can cause serious problems for patients.
- Occupational lung disease – A variety of illnesses that results from long-term workplace exposure to irritants and toxic chemicals. Asbestosis, black lung, brown lung, farmer’s lung and hypersensitivity pneumonitis are some of them.
At Regional Health we offer comprehensive pulmonary function testing, including:
- Spirometry – our most basic and common test – measures how much air you breathe in and out of your lungs, and how quickly you breathe out.
- Lung volume testing measures the volume of air in the lungs, and how much air remains at the end of a normal breath. We use both the nitrogen washout test, where you breathe into a mouthpiece, and the lung plethysmography test. Lung plethysmography tests are performed in a small, airtight room at Regional Health Rapid City Hospital.
- Diffusing or diffusion capacity tests measure how easily oxygen enters the bloodstream.
- Our 6-minute walk test helps evaluate causes of shortness of breath.
- A methacholine challenge test (also known as a bronchoprovocation test) may be used to establish an asthma diagnosis. This test demonstrates whether your airway and lungs become smaller in response to the environment.
Regional Health’s pulmonary rehabilitation program is an outpatient program that combines education, exercise and peer support. It is recommended for patients who frequently experience shortness of breath and cannot perform daily activities despite the use of medication.
Exercising your lungs and muscles helps you become more active, so you can do more of the things you enjoy. It might even decrease the need for hospital visits.
The pulmonary rehabilitation program is managed by respiratory therapists with oversight from board-certified pulmonologists. Your care team includes doctors, nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, exercise specialists and dietitians. Together, they create a personal program to meet your specific needs.
Some aspects of pulmonary rehabilitation can even be done in your home. Please speak with your care team to learn more.
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Dr. McCafferty is very friendly and genuinely concerned about my health. He is easy to talk to and does a very thorough exam. I’ve seen him for several years now and have had no issues at all with him. He is an outstanding health care provider whom I will see again and again. I recommend him to my friends.
My lung volume has improved by over 50% in the last 6 months following the doctor’s instructions.