What To Expect During Your Time with Us
How the Patient Experience at the Lung Institute is Different
At the Lung Institute, we take a patient-centric approach to the treatment experience. We differentiate ourselves from other healthcare providers by employing patient care coordinators, or highly trained individuals that act as the patient’s guide throughout his or her treatment program.
Our patient care coordinators are available to answer any questions that current or potential patients have about our cellular therapy options for lung disease. From the moment you contact our office, through treatment and follow-up care, your patient care coordinator will be your dedicated touchstone ensuring that you are fully informed and comfortable. The process has been designed by our physicians and administrative staff to bring the utmost ease and assurance to all of our patients throughout their time at the Lung Institute.
Step 1: Initial Contact
From the moment you contact the Lung Institute, one of our patient care coordinators will answer questions and learn about you and your medical condition. Once you decide that our treatment option is something you would be interested in pursuing, your dedicated patient care coordinator will arrange a free consultation at your convenience.
Step 2: Consultation
Patient consultations typically take place in office, but they can also be conducted over the phone. During this time, your overseeing physician will ask a series of medical questions to determine your candidacy for treatment. Once you have been verified as a candidate, your Lung Institute physician will outline a personalized treatment plan for you. At this time, you may be given a brief physical and may be asked to contact your general practitioner and/or pulmonologist to provide previous test results. You will then book your appointment for treatment with the Lung Institute administrative staff.
Step 3: The Procedure
All cellular therapies are performed on an outpatient basis in the Lung Institute office. The entire treatment process takes place in three to four hours over the course of two days. On the first day of the cellular therapy, you will have an opportunity for further discussion, including being taken step-by-step through the process with your physician.
The cells are then harvested, isolated and re-administered into the body intravenously. Once the cells are re-inserted into the patient’s body, they may travel to the source of damage in the lungs and cue the pathways that aid in the promotion of healthy lung tissue.
Upon the completion of the cellular therapy, your physician will go over at-home care and have you schedule a follow-up appointment with the Lung Institute administrative staff. You will be advised to relax for the next few weeks, as your body may be undergoing an accelerated healing process. You will receive follow-up calls two weeks, three months and six months following your treatment. The patient is encouraged to return for a follow-up appointment either at the Lung Institute or with their pulmonologist at their three-month mark.
Step 4: Post-procedure Care
The type and level of follow-up care you will be provided will depend upon your individual requirements and the type of treatment you received. We will instruct you on the precise home care practice you will need to perform during the next couple of weeks. At the Lung Institute, we keep close track of our patients’ progress to ensure that their recovery is in line with protocol, and we keep track of our patients’ breathing and everyday physical capabilities before and after treatment. If necessary, we also customize a medication regimen to aid in recovery.