Respiratory medicine specialises in the airways, comprising the structure and function of the lungs and the organs through which air passes, such as the bronchi and the trachea.
The specialist in respiratory medicine can conduct many specialised forms of examination, using such optical instruments as endoscopes in the airways to locate the cause of breathing difficulties or to take tissue samples. He can check how the lungs are functioning and, if needed, arranges for X-rays to be taken of them.
An important aspect of his work is the treatment of asthma with drugs. He prescribes the appropriate medication and explains to the patient how to use it correctly. He will also teach asthmatics how to reduce the risk of an attack.
If lung conditions require surgery, the specialist in respiratory medicine will work together with the thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon. Constrictions caused by tumours can nowadays be removed using laser surgery, and it is also possible to insert prosthetics ('stents') into the airways in order to keep them open.
During the surgical treatment of lung disorders the specialist in respiratory medicine often works alongside an allergist.
Why choose Hirslanden
Pneumology is a key specialisation at Hirslanden, the largest private hospital group in Switzerland. Our pneumology specialists are renowned for their expertise and many years of experience.
You can expect comfortable rooms and a modern infrastructure as well as the highest standards in medicine and care.
We will help you throughout your entire stay, organising additional services such as translators and interpreters, transport, and overnight hotel stays for you and your relatives, and addressing all your administrative questions.
A personal contact from the Hirslanden International team will take care of your needs from the time that you first contact us to arrange an appointment through to the end of your treatment.
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