Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Dedicated Pulmonary Rehab Centers in Durham and Raleigh

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Duke’s pulmonary rehabilitation program is one of the oldest and largest in the U.S. Our experienced providers can help you regain control of breathing problems caused by moderate to severe lung disease. If you're being considered for lung transplant surgery, pulmonary rehab helps you get stronger in preparation for surgery and is essential for recovery.

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Duke Health offers locations throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.

Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Nearly everyone who completes our program -- which includes endurance exercise, strength training, and education -- will see an improvement in their activities of daily living including walking and stair-climbing. Many participants feel better as soon as the second week. As you get stronger and your breathing improves, depression and anxiety may also lessen. Studies show that learning to use your medical therapies properly and following an individualized exercise plan -- both of which we teach in pulmonary rehab -- reduce hospital admissions.

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Is Pulmonary Rehab Right for Me?

Shortness of Breath and Fatigue from Lung Disease
If you have shortness of breath and fatigue due to chronic lung disease, you may be a candidate for pulmonary rehabilitation. This is true even if you are in a wheelchair, on oxygen, or have other physical limitations. Pulmonary rehab won’t cure your disease or help you get off oxygen, but it can help you learn how to overcome shortness of breath and fatigue associated with exercise.

Improved Outcomes for People with COPD
Recent research has shown that people with COPD who participate in pulmonary rehabilitation benefit from improved fitness, better quality of life, and less shortness of breath. In addition, pulmonary rehabilitation after being in the hospital for COPD has been shown to reduce the risk of future hospitalizations and increase your life span.

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Lung Transplant Candidates
All Duke candidates for lung transplant surgery are required to undergo pulmonary rehabilitation before and after lung transplant surgery. The program uses education, endurance exercise, strengthening, and counseling to help you prepare before you are placed on the lung transplant waitlist. Once you've been listed, we help condition your mind and body for surgery. After your lung transplant surgery, we help you recover,  manage your medications, and set you on the road to lifelong health and exercise.

Best Hospital for Pulmonology and Lung Surgery in NC

Where you receive your care matters. Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. They are why our pulmonology and lung surgery program is nationally ranked, and the highest-ranked program in North Carolina, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2023–2024.

Pulmonary Rehab Centers in Raleigh, Durham

Our pulmonary rehab programs in Raleigh and Durham are open to participants of all ages and all stages of lung disease. We offer a range of services, including the following:

  • An individualized plan of care teaches you how to manage your illness, understand your oxygen needs, and use oxygen devices efficiently. 
  • Personalized exercise programs focus on improving strength and endurance, and our monitoring and exercise equipment ensure a safe environment for exercising and measuring your progress. 
  • Educational sessions are focused on nutrition, medical management, and breathing techniques.
  • We offer psychosocial support services and smoking cessation counseling and can provide referrals as needed.
This page was medically reviewed on 10/02/2023 by