Lung and respiratory care in Middle Georgia

If you're having breathing problems, the pulmonologists at Coliseum Medical Centers can quickly diagnose your condition and get you the treatment you need.

We treat both acute and chronic lung diseases, and we offer education, respiratory therapy and access to advanced treatments. We'll help restore your pulmonary health so you can breathe freely again.

For more information or for help finding a doctor, call our free 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse® line at (478) 746-4646.

Lung conditions we treat

While lung conditions can vary in severity and symptoms, they all include difficulty in breathing. Our pulmonary specialists diagnose, treat and monitor all types of pulmonary issues. The issues we provide treatment for include:

  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Emphysema
  • Fibrogenic diseases such as sarcoidosis, pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis

Asthma

Asthma is a chronic condition of the airways within the lungs. With asthma, those airways become narrow, making breathing difficult. If you're having an asthma attack, we determine your peak airflow and offer treatment such as a bronchodilator administration. Bronchodilators are a type of medication that helps open the airways.

Lung and thoracic cancer

Thoracic cancers develop within the chest and can include lung, esophageal, pleural, mediastinal and chest wall tumors. At Coliseum Medical Centers, we offer comprehensive thoracic and lung cancer care, including prompt diagnosis and minimally invasive surgery.

Pulmonary screening

Our lung specialists offer advanced pulmonary diagnostics, such as esophageal and endobronchial ultrasound and lung biopsies, to provide you with an accurate diagnosis.

Our other pulmonary diagnostics include:

  • Bronchoscopy—A bronchoscopy is a visual examination of the air passages leading into the lungs using a bronchoscope, a long, thin tube with a camera on the tip. Bronchoscopies are used to diagnose conditions involving the lungs and trachea, including bleeding, difficulty breathing, chest pain or obstructions in the airway.
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)—EBUS allows computed tomography (CT) surgeons and pulmonologists to diagnose lung cancer by visualizing lymph nodes and surrounding vessels in real-time via ultrasound while viewing the endoscopic image.
  • Low-dose CT screenings—Low-dose CT scans are an effective way to detect lung cancer in current and former smokers who have no lung cancer symptoms. If you're high risk and regularly screened, any cancer will be found at an earlier, more treatable stage.
  • Navigational bronchoscopy—This advanced technology uses CT imaging converted into a 3D map of your lungs. Doctors use this map to remove a biopsy (tissue sample) of your lungs for analysis. We can use this minimally invasive procedure to access hard-to-reach areas of the lungs without the need for surgery.
  • Pulmonary function testing—Pulmonary function tests are breathing tests that indicate how well your lungs are working. These tests assess how much air you can blow out, how much air your lungs can hold and how hard you can blow air out.

Lung and respiratory disease treatments

Our approach to pulmonary treatment goes beyond standard treatment. Our therapists provide you with practical, long-term respiratory solutions. Your treatment plan could feature:

  • Arterial blood gas testing
  • Bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) therapy
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy
  • High-flow oxygen therapy
  • Nebulizer therapy
  • Oxygen-weaning strategies
  • Ventilator management

Lung and thoracic surgery

If necessary, our team of surgeons can perform many different types of procedures for your pulmonary condition, including:

  • Conventional lobectomy—Removes a lobe of the lung, usually to treat early-stage lung cancer
  • Conventional thoracoscopy—Uses a tiny lens and light source (instead of a video camera) for the procedure
  • Mediastinoscopy and mediastinal surgery—Examines the center part of the chest cavity, often to determine the extent of lymph node involvement in lung cancer
  • Pericardial window—Drains fluid from the membrane surrounding the heart
  • Segmentectomy—Removes part of an organ, gland or tumor and surrounding tissue
  • Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)—Uses a tiny, high-definition video camera and miniature instruments