St. Vincent has highly skilled respiratory therapists and other respiratory practitioners who provide evaluation and monitoring of heart and lung function as well as provide treatment for patients suffering from breathing problems such as asthma.
Whether you need testing, treatment, or information about how to manage respiratory health issues, we’re here to help. Services include pulmonary function testing and exercises, breathing therapies including ventilator care, oximeter evaluations, sleep studies, and asthma education.
Our respiratory care includes a full range of services for the patient suffering from breathing problems. Special services provided by the department also include:
Pulmonary specialists in Surgery Services are performing cutting-edge procedures that are helping patients with complicated breathing problems.
St. Vincent Anderson Regional is one of only a few hospitals in Indiana performing bronchial thermoplasty, a minimally invasive procedure for severe persistent asthma.
For information or referral, please call 642-3301.
Dr. David Mares explained that bronchial thermoplasty does not cure asthma, but it can reduce severe asthma symptoms in patients 18 years or older who are not well controlled with standard asthma medications.
"Some people on aggressive asthma medication may begin to have side effects that affect their health and quality of life. These include weight gain or worsening diabetes," Dr. Mares said.
Bronchial thermoplasty involves a bronchoscope and a specialized probe that heats the muscles around the bronchial tubes. The applied heat decreases the muscles' ability to squeeze and tighten the airway. The bronchoscopic procedure is performed in three visits, each treating a different area of the lungs and scheduled approximately three weeks apart.
"Bronchial thermoplasty has been shown to improve asthma control and symptoms that may affect quality of life, including decreased severe asthma attacks, reduced ER visits and hospitalization for respiratory symptoms and fewer days lost from work, school and other daily activities due to asthma," Dr. Mares said.
The hospital Foundation provided the funds needed to purchase the specialized thermoplasty equipment for the Surgery Department.
St. Vincent offers a range of educational programs related to respiratory care. These programs include: