Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program combines exercise  training with education, behavioral modifications and emotional support to help patients with a chronic lung conditions control symptoms and improve day-to-day life.

Who is a candidate for Pulmonary Rehab?

Anyone who has been diagnosed with a chronic lung condition is a candidate for Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Some examples of these conditions are:

  • Post-Lung Reduction Surgery
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Post-Lung Transplant
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Interstitial Lung Disease

Pulmonary Rehab may also benefit ex-smokers, oxygen dependent patients, and pre- or post-op lung surgery patients. This program is for those who want to improve their quality of life through exercise, education and sheer determination.

What are the goals of treatment?

  • Provide patients with a better understanding of their disease and their symptoms
  • Improve breathing efficiency
  • Improve activity tolerance
  • Reduce the need and frequency of hospitalizations
  • Guide patients toward more independent self-care

Who will be on my treatment team?

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation team consists of your personal physician, the medical director of the program (a board certified pulmonologist), an exercise physiologist, a registered respiratory therapist and a dietician for individual counseling.

The Rehab Team and your personal physician work together to provide a program that will meet your specific needs.

Does insurance cover treatment?

Many insurance plans provide coverage for Phase II Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Our staff will verify your insurance coverage prior to your enrollment in the program.

Phase III Rehab is generally not covered by insurance, but it is very reasonable. We will be happy to discuss any financial concerns you may have with you.

How can I join this program?

Entry into this program requires referral from your physician. You will be required to participate in either an exercise stress test or a six minute walk test before beginning the program. You may be required to take a breathing function test. These tests will be used to assist the rehab team in developing an exercise prescription specific to your needs and abilities.

Where will I receive treatment?

Treatment is provided at location near our NGMC Gainesville campus:

The Rehabilitation Institute in Gainesville
597 S. Enota Drive
Gainesville, Ga., 30501.
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Contact our team

Are you ready to get started or learn more? Please call 770-219-8200 for more information.




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