COPD consists of two diseases: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It is most often caused by long-term exposure to gases or particulate matter, most commonly cigarette smoke. When a person has COPD, less air is able to flow into and out of the lungs because of one or more of the following:
- The walls of the airways in the lungs have become inflamed and thickened (known as chronic bronchitis)
- The walls between many of the tiny air sacs in the lungs have been destroyed (known as emphysema)
- The air sacs and the airways in the lungs have become less elastic
- The airways in the lungs are producing more mucus than normal, which can cause clogging.
Why Choose Temple Lung Center for COPD Treatment
Helping patients breathe easier and enjoy a higher quality of life are the two goals the Temple COPD Program has for its patients. The program’s widely respected COPD specialists work to achieve these goals by offering innovative treatment options and performing cutting-edge research. It’s this combination that has led Temple’s COPD Program to be recognized as a worldwide leader in caring for this complex disease.
Patient care is delivered in the Temple Lung Center, a state-of-the-art facility that is specifically designed for patients with complex lung disease. All appointments, services and many of the medical tests required are offered in this spacious, patient-friendly location. The state-of-the-art facility is equipped with oxygen hookups, carpet-free flooring for easy wheelchair access, and an onsite rehabilitation center. This beautiful facility helps the Lung Center provide a level of satisfaction and comfort that is equal to its level of medical care.
At Temple, patients will find many of the latest medications, devices and surgical options for treating COPD. This includes lung volume reduction surgery, bronchoscopic lung reduction techniques, and lung transplant. In all cases, the Temple Lung Center’s medical team takes a patient-focused approach to care, finding the most appropriate treatment for each person.
A distinguishing feature of the Temple Lung Center is its active and innovative research program–one of the busiest in the nation. Temple’s doctors and scientists are leaders in finding safer and more effective therapies for COPD. This robust research program gives patients access to clinical trials that aren’t found at most hospitals.
Our COPD Team
The Temple Lung Center is led by Gerard Criner, MD, an international leader in pulmonary care, and is staffed by many physicians and surgeons who are recognized as “Top Docs” by respected publications and organizations. These specialists are also renowned researchers who are developing and testing new treatments for COPD. Temple’s pulmonary physicians are complemented by a team of highly trained nurses, therapists and other medical professionals with years of experience treating COPD and other complex lung diseases.
In the following video, Dominic Marano, MSN, CRNP, provides an overview of COPD, including the common symptoms and diagnosis: