Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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 can help you meet the requirements for the lung transplant waiting list, strengthen you for the surgery, and help you recover from the procedure.

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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 are a potential candidate for pulmonary rehabilitation. This is true whether you are in a wheelchair, on oxygen, or otherwise physically impaired. Pulmonary rehabilitation won’t cure your disease or help you get off oxygen. But we can help you learn how to overcome the shortness of breath and fatigue you associate with exercise.

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Stronger, Improved Breathing
Nearly all of our participants feel better by the second week. Nearly all complete our programs and see improvement in their activities of daily living, including being able to walk in the mall and climb more stairs. As you get stronger and your breathing improves, depression and anxiety also decrease. And, 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 wait list. 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

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 classes; 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 and 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. We offer exercise classes 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
When it comes to your care, you want the very best. Duke University Hospital's nationally ranked pulmonology and lung surgery program was named best in North Carolina by U.S. News & World Report for 2019–2020.