Breathe More Easily
It's important to get the right care for pulmonary conditions, and that’s why the Freeman Lung Institute provides clinical expertise, state-of-the-art diagnostic services and access to the latest research-based medical advancements, surgical procedures and rehabilitation therapies. Our advanced lung disease experts offer inpatient and outpatient treatment for a full range of pulmonary issues to get you the care you need. They help you understand and manage your condition.
We provide a continuum of care by collaborating with colleagues in other specialties as needed, including radiation oncology, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, radiology, pathology, hematology, infectious diseases and more.
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Spiration Valve System
Freeman is the first and only health system in the area to offer the Spiration Valve System (SVS), which can help alleviate your emphysema symptoms. This safe and effective minimally invasive treatment option is proven to improve lung function, reduce shortness of breath and restore quality of life in those suffering from severe emphysema.
How it works
Air breathed in is redirected away from the diseased part of the lung to the healthier parts. Air and fluids trapped in the diseased part of the lung can then escape. Surgery is not required to place the valve in the airways because the doctor uses a bronchoscope to place the spiration valve. Valves are placed inside the airways using a catheter. The valve then expands and contracts with breathing. More information on SVS can be found at svs.olympusamerica.com.
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Freeman Lung Institute pulmonologists use the transformative MONARCH® robotic bronchoscopy platform, a unique technology targeting lung cancer and a better way to see inside a patient’s lungs with a precision tool (pinpoint precision).
The MONARCH robotic-assisted bronchoscope is a game-changer for patients seeking a diagnosis of a nodule in their lungs. Its novel telescoping design enables physicians to reach farther into the lungs and visualize what is being biopsied, all with impressive precision. Each component of the bronchoscope can be independently articulated, advanced, retracted and positionally locked, enabling physicians to have greater control and maneuverability deep in the lung, where most small nodules are found.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, and early diagnosis is key to successful treatment. The problem is symptoms don’t often appear in the early stages of the disease, and once symptoms appear, it’s often a more advanced stage of a cancer that has either grown to a large size or spread throughout the body.
The combination of better reach, visualization and control provides our pulmonologists an advanced method for diagnosing early-stage lung cancer when it’s most treatable. Added benefits include no incisions made, fast recovery time (patients usually go home the same day), saves time and reduces stress by eliminating the need to make multiple trips to the hospital, and any “positive” nodules that are discovered can be treated immediately.
Freeman is the first hospital in Missouri, Southeast Kansas and Northeast Oklahoma to invest in the MONARCH® Platform by Auris Health, Inc. that ultimately combines precision robotics, software, data science and endoscopy (the use of small cameras).
For more information about MONARCH, pulmonology services or to make an appointment, call 417.347.8315.
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Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) Bronchoscopy
Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) bronchoscopy is an interventional procedure using ultrasound technology in combination with bronchoscopy to visualize the airway walls and surrounding structures including inflammation, infections or cancer.
EBUS enables Freeman pulmonologists to locate hard-to-reach tumors and small cell lung cancer. It can also be used to take a biopsy from tissue in the lungs or from the surrounding lymph nodes in the chest. Those samples can be used for diagnosing and staging lung cancer, detecting infections and identifying inflammatory diseases that affect the lungs, such as sarcoidosis or cancers like lymphoma.
EBUS can be performed on an outpatient basis instead of requiring a more complex procedure or surgery. Additionally, it may reduce the number of required procedures as well as the number of complications that can arise from other diagnostic methods.
Performed by pulmonologists at Freeman Lung Institute, EBUS bronchoscopy uses a flexible tube that goes through the mouth and into the windpipe and lungs. The EBUS scope has a video camera, with an ultrasound probe attached, to create local images of the lungs and nearby lymph nodes to accurately locate and evaluate areas seen on x-rays or scans that require a closer look.
During a conventional diagnostic procedure, surgery known as mediastinoscopy, is performed to provide access to the chest. A small incision is made in the neck just above the breastbone or next to the breastbone. Next, a thin scope, called a mediastinoscope, is inserted through the opening to provide access to the lungs and surrounding lymph nodes. Tissue or fluid is then collected via biopsy. An endobronchial ultrasound is much less invasive.
Benefits of EBUS include:
- Real-time imaging of the surface of the airways, blood vessels, lungs and lymph nodes
- Improved images enable the physician to easily view difficult-to-reach areas and to access more and smaller lymph nodes for biopsy
- The accuracy and speed of the EBUS procedure lends itself to rapid onsite evaluation
- EBUS can easily and safely be performed under conscious sedation within reasonable time
- Patients recover quickly and can usually go home the same day
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What is PFT?
PFT is a non-invasive, painless test demonstrating how well the lungs are working.
PFT measures lung volume, capacity, rates of flow and gas exchange.
Testing is completed by a plethysmograph where patients sit or stand in an air-tight box, which looks similar to a small telephone booth.
Not only does PFT save patient time, peace of mind and money, but PFT also provides immediate results and instant treatment, if needed.
Who benefits from PFT?
While testing can be completed during a routine physical, most of the time it is for patients with a lung condition. PFT assists healthcare providers to determine diagnoses, such as: