New York Methodist Hospital was the first hospital in Brooklyn and one of the first in the nation to offer interventional pulmonology (IP), a non-invasive approach to diagnosing and treating lung disorders.
Interventional pulmonology is especially beneficial for patients with lung cancer, a disease on the rise in Brooklyn. Patients suffering from lung cancer often experience airway blockages that cause significant shortness of breath, limiting patients' ability to undergo chemotherapy or radiation. Because most interventional pulmonology services are performed on an outpatient basis, patients recover quickly and can more easily continue their chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
Many people who have undergone traditional treatment options in the past but have had minimal results, are able to enjoy a greatly improved quality of life after undergoing an interventional pulmonology procedure. Most patients have a low risk of complications, have rapid relief from symptoms and go home the same day as the procedure.
Because the services are performed on people with a wide variety of health conditions, interventional pulmonologists work closely with oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, thoracic surgeons, and other health professionals to determine the best route of care for each patient.
The Complex Airway Center at New York Methodist Hospital was created to offer these new and innovative diagnostic techniques, as well as conventional treatments that address the needs of patients with diseases of the lung, trachea, and central airway. The Center is staffed by a team of general pulmonologists (doctors who specialize in lung diseases), interventional pulmonologists, thoracic oncologists (doctors who specialize in cancer of the chest), thoracic surgeons, otolaryngologists (doctors who specialize in ear, nose and throat), respiratory therapists, chest radiologists, and radiation oncologists.