Lung Health Solutions is a game changer.

We offer new and advanced medical and surgical options for the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.

Interventional Pulmonology Services

LHS Physicians are highly trained and experienced Interventional Pulmonologists that deliver advanced, minimally invasive bronchoscopy techniques.

The bronchoscope allows us to deliver laser and other cancer-killing technologies to tumors buried deep inside the lungs. As a result, we can manage symptoms like bleeding, or coughing, open up a blocked airway, and treat a very early stage lung cancer or a previously treated area.

Your first visit will encompass a full diagnostic evaluation, including, but not limited to:

  • Interview, intake, full history, and physical
  • Lung functions are measured and analyzed with patient with live or virtual Spirometry techniques
  • Review of all imaging and radiological studies
  • Full plan of care is developed the same day with goals to achieve the earliest, most effective therapy to support lung health specifically and the body as a whole.
Bronchoscopy is a sophisticated technology that uses a flexible tube with camera at the end allowing the visualization of the inside of the lungs and airways.

What problems do we address?

The cause of symptoms including wheezing, coughing and labored breathing is identified. Lung nodules and lung abnormalities are evaluated and sampled to determine their origins to allow other specialists to treat them effectively and specifically.

Lung Nodules
Using advanced airway diagnostics and imaging technology, spots in the periphery of the lungs are sampled and cancers are identified.
Central Airway Obstruction
Using advanced techniques, central airway obstructions are evaluated and treated to help you breathe easily without restriction. By relieving a windpipe blockage, a patient can undergo aggressive cancer treatment without delay from post obstructive pneumonias or respiratory failure.
Pleural Effusions
Many people with lung cancer, other cancers, heart failure, and infections accumulate excess fluid around the lungs, called pleural effusion. It can cause pain, shortness of breath, and other complications. LHS offers minimally invasive techniques to remove this fluid and help reduce its recurrence.
Treatment-related Side Effects
Some cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, can cause scarring in the lungs and severe inflammation inhibiting easy breathing. At LHS, we work in collaboration with any oncology team to try to reduce these side effects and these unavoidable complications.
Bronchiectasis
Plugging of the windpipes and excessive mucus production, coughing can be improved with the right therapies in place. By helping you identify the root of your breathing and coughing problems, LHS allows you to avoid long-term complications and multiple hospitalizations.

Advanced Diagnostics Methods

EBUS
Using a thin, flexible bronchoscope, fitted with an ultrasound device, real-time images in and around the lungs are identified and biopsied. The tissue or fluid sample from the lungs and surrounding lymph nodes of the chest are analyzed and evaluated by a pathologist. This is a less invasive alternative to conventional surgical procedures completed in an outpatient setting.
Navigational Bronchoscopy
This technique that combines advanced imaging techniques with electromagnetic navigation to help find abnormalities in the lungs. It allows to place marker to treat cancer anywhere in the lungs.
HAST (hypoxia altitude simulation test)
This test simulates a cabin pressure of 8,000 feet, by asking a patient to breathe a mixture of gases with an oxygen saturation of 15.1 percent. It allows us to screen for any respiratory symptoms. We can also estimate supplemental oxygen needs for patients planning to travel by airplane or to a high altitude destination.

Therapeutic Techniques

Therapeutic flexible or rigid bronchoscopies are state-of-the-art techniques that allow to:

  • Control bleeding in the airway
  • Suction excess fluid or mucus from the airway
  • Therapeutically remove foreign bodies from the airway, such as tumors, aspirated food.
  • Resecting and treating growths or tumors in the airway using radiation laser, cryotherapy
  • Place airway stents

'Balloon Dilation' via bronchoscopy

Cancers can cause the airways to narrow (a process called stenosis) because of tumors or scarring The result can be cough and difficulty breathing. Stenosis also makes it difficult, or impossible, to reach tumors and other tissues that require treatment. We use balloon bronchoscopy to open airways that are blocked by tumors or that require other treatments.

Airway stenting

A stent is a tiny tube made of silicone or metal used to open the airway before or after other therapeutic treatments. Stent placement is performed in an operating room using a bronchoscope (a flexible tube with a camera at the end) to look inside the airway.

Nd-YAG laser

The Holmium and Nd: yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser penetrates tissue more deeply than other lasers. When directed at tumors in the airways through a bronchoscope, its energy burns the lesions and turns them into smoke.

Argon plasma coagulation (APC)

Argon is a gas that behaves like a liquid, and can be used to treat tumors and control bleeding in the airways. The argon gas is passed through the bronchoscope while an electrical current is applied, converting the gas into a liquid plasma. The plasma applies itself to tumors, bending to conform to the precise shape. This kills cancerous cells without touching the tumor, which is important for tumors that are bleeding.

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is the use of extreme cold gas to destroy tumors, abnormal or diseased tissue. To perform cryotherapy, the interventional pulmonologist use a cold probe and apply it over the surface of a tumor, using a bronchoscopy. Cryotherapy is an effective technique used to treat obstructions in the airways and lung tumors that cannot be removed by surgery. Cryotherapy may also be the only option for patients with airway stents that are not candidates for other treatments.

Thoracentesis

Thoracentesis is a procedure where a needle or tube is inserted through the chest wall into the space around the lungs (pleural space), with ultrasound guidance, to drain excess fluid from the pleura.

Indwelling pleural catheter

This is a small tube specially designed to be inserted in the pleural space to drain fluid from around the lungs. This type of catheter is a soft, flexible tube that is placed subcutaneously and removed if needed once the fluid/Pleural effusion is resolved .The indwelling pleural catheter is placed inside the chest under local anesthesia. One end remains inside the chest and the other leads outside the body for drainage. The catheter does not limit patient activity.

Pleurodesis

A procedure performed using a chemical agent that is injected into the chest causing the membranes around the lung to stick together. The agent helps eliminates the space between the tissues surrounding the lungs so that fluid can no longer accumulate there.

'Balloon Dilation' via bronchoscopy
Cancers can cause the airways to narrow (a process called stenosis) because of tumors or scarring The result can be cough and difficulty breathing. Stenosis also makes it difficult, or impossible, to reach tumors and other tissues that require treatment. We use balloon bronchoscopy to open airways that are blocked by tumors or that require other treatments.
Airway stenting
A stent is a tiny tube made of silicone or metal used to open the airway before or after other therapeutic treatments. Stent placement is performed in an operating room using a bronchoscope (a flexible tube with a camera at the end) to look inside the airway.
Nd-YAG laser
The Holmium and Nd: yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser penetrates tissue more deeply than other lasers. When directed at tumors in the airways through a bronchoscope, its energy burns the lesions and turns them into smoke.
Argon plasma coagulation (APC)
Argon is a gas that behaves like a liquid, and can be used to treat tumors and control bleeding in the airways. The argon gas is passed through the bronchoscope while an electrical current is applied, converting the gas into a liquid plasma. The plasma applies itself to tumors, bending to conform to the precise shape. This kills cancerous cells without touching the tumor, which is important for tumors that are bleeding.
Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy is the use of extreme cold gas to destroy tumors, abnormal or diseased tissue. To perform cryotherapy, the interventional pulmonologist use a cold probe and apply it over the surface of a tumor, using a bronchoscopy. Cryotherapy is an effective technique used to treat obstructions in the airways and lung tumors that cannot be removed by surgery. Cryotherapy may also be the only option for patients with airway stents that are not candidates for other treatments.
Thoracentesis
Thoracentesis is a procedure where a needle or tube is inserted through the chest wall into the space around the lungs (pleural space), with ultrasound guidance, to drain excess fluid from the pleura.
Indwelling pleural catheter
This is a small tube specially designed to be inserted in the pleural space to drain fluid from around the lungs. This type of catheter is a soft, flexible tube that is placed subcutaneously and removed if needed once the fluid/Pleural effusion is resolved .The indwelling pleural catheter is placed inside the chest under local anesthesia. One end remains inside the chest and the other leads outside the body for drainage. The catheter does not limit patient activity.
Pleurodesis
A procedure performed using a chemical agent that is injected into the chest causing the membranes around the lung to stick together. The agent helps eliminates the space between the tissues surrounding the lungs so that fluid can no longer accumulate there.