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Interventional Pulmonology (IP) is a subspecialty of pulmonary care that uses minimally invasive endoscopic techniques to diagnose and treat lung disease. UM Capital is proud to offer these advanced techniques in Prince George's County in partnership with our local pulmonologists and the Interventional Pulmonology specialists at University of Maryland Medical Center. This multidisciplinary team includes our community pulmonologists, IP specialists, thoracic specialists including surgeons and oncologists, medical oncologists, thoracic and interventional radiology and more.

Endoscopic procedures use thin, flexible bronchoscopes with tiny cameras attached to see what is happening inside your lungs. After inserting the scope down your nose or throat, the images are projected on a monitor, allowing the doctor to get very precise pictures of your lungs – from the inside. Endoscopy even lets the doctor take biopsies and perform therapeutic procedures to help you breathe better.

The introduction of IP has allowed many patients to receive early relief and therapeutic results that in the past would have required much more invasive procedures as well as recovery time.

Conditions Treated

  • Benign tracheal stenosis
  • Malignant airway obstruction
  • Post-radiation airway stenosis
  • Post-transplant airway stenosis
  • Endobronchial tumors
  • Foreign body removal

Procedures

  • Bronchial thermoplasty
  • Balloon dilation
  • Rigid bronchoscopy
  • Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
  • LASER therapy
  • Electrocautery
  • Argon plasma coagulation (APC)
  • Cryotherapy (probe and spray cryo)
  • Airway stenting (silicone, self-expandable covered metal, balloon expandable stents)

Complex Airway Disease Program

  • Endoscopic treatment for central airway obstruction
  • Evaluation for surgical treatment of tracheal stenosis
  • Management of artificial airway and its related complications

Advanced Diagnostic and Therapeutic Bronchoscopy

  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) for staging of lung cancer and evaluation of hilar and mediastinal mass
  • Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy and peripheral radial endobronchial ultrasound for evaluation of peripheral nodules
  • CT guided bronchoscopy
  • Persistent air-leak due to Alveolar-pleural or bronchopleural fistula (IBV valves)

Obstructive Airway Disease Program

  • Evaluation of patients with severe COPD/Emphysema for lung volume reduction Tracheobronchomalacia
  • Bronchial Thermonplasty for treatment of severe persistent asthma
  • IBV valve lung volume reduction (EMPROVE) in severe emphysema

Pleural Disease Program

  • Complex pleural disease including unexplained pleural effusion, complicated para-pneumonic pleural space, and Empyema
  • Tunneled catheter for palliation of malignant pleural effusion
  • Thoracentesis and pleural manometry
  • Chest tubes
  • Pleuroscopy and medical thoracoscopy
  • Pleurodesis