Skilled Pulmonologists Offering First-Rate Emphysema Treatment
When you need an experienced emphysema doctor, turn to the team at West Coast Pulmonary & Sleep Disorders Center. With offices in Oxnard and Camarillo, we proudly provide emphysema treatment to patients across Ventura County, California. Plus, thanks to our innovative telemedicine service, we are also able to offer treatment for emphysema to patients who either live outside this area or find it difficult to attend in-person appointments.
What Is Emphysema?
Emphysema is one of the lung conditions that falls within the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) umbrella (the other is chronic bronchitis). Emphysema develops when the lungs’ tiny air sacs (alveoli) become damaged over time, most commonly due to smoking (other potential causes include genetics and exposure to air pollution and other irritants). This makes it more difficult for the lungs to inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, in turn reducing the amount of oxygen that is able to reach the bloodstream. Emphysema typically produces shortness of breath that gradually worsens over time.
How to Treat Emphysema
Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for emphysema. However, certain treatments can help manage symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. Emphysema treatment often involves:
- Taking medication
- Using supplemental oxygen
- Participating in a pulmonary rehabilitation program
In more severe cases, surgery may be needed to either remove small portions of damaged lung tissue or perform a lung transplant. A pulmonologist will be able to assess your condition and recommend the course of treatment that is best suited to your needs.
Emphysema Treatment Specialists Near You
With a company history dating back to 2004, we have assisted more than 10,000 patients from across Ventura County, CA, with a wide variety of pulmonary and sleep conditions. If you would like to arrange a time to discuss your emphysema treatment options with one of the knowledgeable providers on our team, contact West Coast Pulmonary & Sleep Disorders Center today.