NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital was the first hospital in Brooklyn and one of the first in the nation to offer interventional pulmonology (IP), a non-invasive approach to diagnosing and treating lung disorders.
Interventional pulmonology is especially beneficial for patients with lung cancer. Patients suffering from lung cancer often experience airway blockages that cause significant shortness of breath, limiting patients' ability to undergo chemotherapy or radiation. Because most interventional pulmonology services are performed on an outpatient basis, patients recover quickly and can more easily continue their chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
Many people who have undergone traditional treatments are able to enjoy a greatly improved quality of life after undergoing an interventional pulmonology procedure. Most patients have a low risk of complications, have rapid relief from symptoms and go home the same day as the procedure.
Because the services are performed on people with a wide variety of health conditions, interventional pulmonologists work closely with oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, thoracic surgeons, and other health professionals to determine the best route of care for each patient.