Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Dedicated Pulmonary Rehab Centers in Durham and Raleigh

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Duke’s pulmonary rehabilitation programs help you regain control of breathing problems caused by moderate to severe lung disease. If you're being considered for lung transplant surgery, pulmonary rehabilitation is an important part of your candidacy by helping strengthen you for the surgery. It is also essential for your recovery after surgery.

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Who Benefits from Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

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 rehabilitation 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.

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Stronger, Improved Breathing
Most participants feel better by the second week. Nearly all complete our programs and see improvement in their activities of daily living, including walking and climbing more stairs. As you get stronger and your breathing improves, depression and anxiety can decrease. Studies show that learning to use your medical therapies properly and following a personalized action plan -- both of which we teach in pulmonary rehab -- reduce hospital admissions.

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 and manage your medications and set you on the road to a lifelong exercise program.

Pulmonary Rehab Centers in Raleigh, Durham

Treatments Overview

Our pulmonary rehab programs in Raleigh and Durham are open to participants of all ages and all stages of lung disease.

Duke Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at Croasdaile


Our intensive four-and-a-half-week program includes exercise sessions; muscle and respiratory-muscle conditioning; oxygen and aerosol therapy; breathing retraining and bronchial hygiene; patient and family education programs; psychosocial, nutritional, and vocational counseling; smoking cessation counseling; home care; and follow-up. Our state-of-the-art monitoring and exercise equipment provides a safe environment for exercising and helps measure progress. Our facility also houses an indoor track.

Duke Specialty Rehab Services Midtown


Our nine-week program includes twice-weekly two-hour sessions. Our individualized exercise plan of care teaches you how to manage your illness, understand your oxygen needs, and use oxygen devices efficiently. We offer exercise programs that focus on improving strength and endurance, as well as educational sessions that cover nutrition and medical management, breathing techniques, and much more.

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.

This page was medically reviewed on 10/30/2020 by