In pulmonary and bronchial medicine, inhalation therapy via nebulizers, metered-dose inhalers and dry-powder inhalers play a large role. The correct dosage and application will be precisely administered in our practice and will continue to be monitored repeatedly throughout therapy. A positive response to inhaled medication is only to be expected if the medication is inhaled correctly. The German respiratory league has uploaded videos on their website that demonstrate the correct usage of all common devices. Take a look! Do you know exactly what your device is called and which drug it contains? You can find out this information by reading the two product-names on your medication plan: the first is the drug administered, then the type of inhaler. You should also find both names on the packaging and in any supplements.
Oxygen inhalation is only required if lung function is severely impaired by serious loss (of oxygen). In this case an oxygen home therapy is prescribed, and also if necessary mobile oxygen therapy as well, if it is only with exertion that oxygen loss occurs. The indication for oxygen therapy is carefully checked in our practice. Anyone who is released from the clinic after an acute illness with the prescription of an oxygen therapy may possibly refrain from oxygen therapy after stabilization of the illness. In general, an optimization of the medicinal, including inhalative therapy must be carried out before a long-term oxygen therapy.
In the case of exhaustion of the respiratory muscles due to chronic respiratory distress, i.e. by overworking the lungs via breathing, a nocturnal home ventilation can be prescribed, thereby relieving the respiratory musculature. This should be done in a suitable specialist area. Our practice has the relevant competent partners we cooperate with, and can advise on the necessity for home ventilation with the help of blood gas measurement and a pulmonary function test.
Respiratory physiotherapy makes an important contribution to improving breathing function. Medical training is medically instructed training taking into account individual performance. For these therapies we cooperate with physiotherapists and physical education instructors of the Physiokoop. A three-month training programme is provided subject to prior agreement on provision of costs by a private health insurance scheme. Based on an initial examination, an individual training programme is created.
Drawing on many years of experience, developed complementary-therapy treatment programmes are available in our practice, when conventional therapies do not provide satisfying results, when certain problems can be resolved more elegantly through less-invasive methods and when the patient is open to these procedures.
Lung cancer is a serious illness and requires the cooperation of various disciplines. In our practice, we can take the lead in diagnostics and therapy coordination and are also available with complementary methods in support. We have good partners whom we cooperate with. For difficult decisions we recommend obtaining a second opinion, which incidentally is the legal right of every patient.