Pulmonary Medicine - What We Do
At Central Maine Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine we provide diagnosis and treatment to our patients as well as education to both the patient and family.
Formal Asthma Education
We offer formal asthma education where you will meet one on one with our respiratory therapists to learn more about asthma management, preventative measures, avoidance of triggers, the medications used to treat asthma and the importance of compliance with these medications, among other topics. Asthma education is vital to the successful treatment of this disease state.
Formal Smoking Cessation Counseling
We do offer an opportunity to meet with a certified smoking cessation counselor here in our office to discuss options for successfully achieving smoking cessation.
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin deficiency is a genetic cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which often is under-recognized. We do offer screening for this in our office and if found to be deficient or a 'carrier' of an abnormal gene, free testing is offered to first degree family members. To learn more about Alpha-1 Antitrypsin deficiency visit www.alpha1.org . We are recognized as an Alpha – 1 Clinical Resource Center by The Alpha 1 Foundation.
Certain asthma patients may be candidates for a procedure called Bronchial Thermoplasty and we do provide this procedure to those who qualify. To learn more about this asthma treatment visit www.btforasthma.com
Anti-IgE Therapy for allergic asthma
We offer screening for allergies in conjunction with an asthma diagnosis and potential treatment with a once or twice monthly injection called Omalizumab (Xolair). Omalizumab is indicated for moderate to severe asthma patients with frequent exacerbations who are not well controlled on inhaled steroids and have allergic asthma.
We offer a wide array of diagnostic and therapeutic pulmonary procedures such as bronchoscopy (including with endobronchial ultrasound) and thoracenteses.
Pulmonary rehab is a monitored exercise program and education session using a multi-disciplinary team to increase activity level and improve the health of patients with chronic lung disease.