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Pulmonary (Lung) Rehabilitation

Respiratory therapy for healthy lungs

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Mercyhealth is designed for people who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma and cystic fibrosis. It is also designed for non-obstructive lung disease such as interstitial and neuromuscular disease, and trauma from acute lung injury or thoracic surgery.

Individuals afflicted with these conditions may have shortness of breath, experience limited daily activities, panic attacks and frequent hospital stays. Mercyhealth’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program can improve functional capacity and limitations through a tailored program of education and exercise training.

Rehabilitation Phase I is inpatient. Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Phase II is designed for people who have a chronic respiratory impairment, such as:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Asthma
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Other lung diseases

Pulmonary rehabilitation encourages activity, exercise and education to optimize lung health in an effort to return the participant to his or her highest functional capacity. This AACVRP-certified program can improve functional capacity and limitations through a tailored program of education and exercise training.

Pulmonary rehabilitation comprehensive education program

Education classes include topics that teach participants about:

  • Lung disease
  • Breathing retraining exercises
  • Oxygen
  • Stress reduction
  • Medications
  • Proper use of inhalers
  • Infection control
  • Nutrition

Phase 2 Program

The Mercyhealth Phase 2 Program is for those who need assistance, monitoring, and education to cope with their chronic lung disease or those who are recommended by their physician to improve their shortness of breath and endurance.

You can benefit from this program if you have:

  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Lung cancer
  • History of smoking
  • Lung surgery or lung reduction surgery

Among the benefits of this program are:

  • Education on lung disease to help you understand and manage your lung condition
  • Breathing retraining
  • Ability to perform activities of daily living
  • Nutritional counseling by a dietitian
  • Emotional support
  • Improved physical endurance
  • Living with oxygen
  • Decrease number of hospitalizations/emergency room visits

Length of program

The program consists of three visits per week, up to 12 weeks.  Classes are offered in the morning or afternoon.  Our team is comprised of specialists, including a pulmonary physician, respiratory therapists, dietitian, and exercise specialists. Together, we work on a care plan that fits your needs for both the short term and long term.

Participation requirements for Phase 2

  • Written order from your physician within the last 90 days
  • Complete Pulmonary Function Test documenting an impairment of function level
  • Participant must be physically able, motivated and willing to participate
  • Non-smoker or willingness to enroll in a smoking cessation program

Fitness for Life Program

The Mercyhealth Fitness for Life Program is for those who are self-motivated and want to exercise independently in a facility with specialists available.

  • Participation requirements for Fitness for Life Program
  • Order from your physician stating you are cleared to exercise independently
  • Current medication list
  • Smoking cessation programs are offered

Our goal is to provide a safe exercise environment and to help you feel better and be more active.

Bronchoscopy Lab and Bronchial Thermoplasty

The Bronchoscopy Lab is a state-of-the-art laboratory designed specifically for patients who need diagnostic testing as well as a new asthma treatment, bronchial thermoplasty.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is available in Janesville, Lake Geneva, Harvard and Rockford.

Pulmonary (Lung) Rehabilitation Providers

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