Pulmonary and respiratory services in Denver

The pulmonary diagnostics lab at Swedish Medical Center offers a full range of pulmonary services for patients as young as eight years old. Our experienced staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of all patients through proper diagnosis and helping you regain your respiratory health.

To learn more about our pulmonary services, call (303) 788-5000.

Pulmonary conditions and diseases we treat

Our pulmonologists offer comprehensive treatment for a wide range of respiratory and pulmonary diseases and conditions, including:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Cystic fibrosis (CF)
  • Emphysema
  • Lung nodules
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary hypertension

Expert diagnosis through advanced screening and testing

Our team provides the following tests and assessments:

  • Bronchial thermoplasty (asthma treatment)
  • Screening spirometry: test used to measure how well lungs perform
  • Complete pulmonary function testing (PFT)
  • Pediatric PFTs (ages 8 and older)
  • PFT with bronchodilator response
  • PFT with respiratory muscle strength training
  • Asthma testing (adults only)
  • Arterial blood gases
  • High altitude simulation testing
  • Thoracentesis: a procedure that involves the removal of fluid or air from the pleural space for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes

Bronchial thermoplasty

Bronchial thermoplasty is a FDA-approved, non-drug procedure that helps decrease the frequency of asthma attacks. Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition where the airways can become smaller or narrower, making it hard to breathe.

Swedish Medical Center offers bronchial thermoplasty, an outpatient procedure for patients with severe asthma. This procedure is a treatment option that provides additional benefits to standard asthma medications. Studies show bronchial thermoplasty can improve the quality of life and provide long-lasting asthma control, including:

  • Reduced asthma attacks
  • Decreased visits to the emergency room and hospital for respiratory symptoms
  • Less time lost from work, school and other daily activities

Performed by a specially trained pulmonologist, bronchial thermoplasty is offered under moderate sedation and takes less than an hour. During the procedure, controlled heat is delivered to the lungs airway walls to reduce excess smooth muscle and limits the muscles ability to constrict the airways, helping you breathe better. To treat the entire lung, the procedure is completed over three outpatient procedure visits. Following the procedure, the patient is monitored for two to four hours and is discharged on the same day.

The most common risk associated with bronchial thermoplasty involves the short-term worsening of asthma symptoms immediately after the procedure, which are typically resolved within one week of treatment.

To find out if you are a candidate for bronchial thermoplasty, or to find physicians performing the procedure in your area, call Lonnie Martinez, director of respiratory care, at (303) 788-6230.