Lung Tests & Treatment

Advanced Pulmonary Treatment from San Antonio’s Experts in Lung Care

When you have a condition that makes breathing difficult, you want expert care to help you breathe better as quickly as possible. Fortunately, you have renowned pulmonary care close to home. University Health System lung care programs provide San Antonio’s most advanced and highly regarded lung care treatment.

Leading Programs in Lung Care

University lung care specialists have the experience and expertise that’s led to our program excellence and advanced treatments in pulmonary care. Our team includes pulmonologists who provide specialized expertise in diagnosing and treating adults and children for a wide range of lung conditions.

Respiratory therapists provide inpatient and outpatient therapies and procedures that are vital to the comprehensive care needed for pulmonary and respiratory conditions. Our extensive treatment options include highly regarded and innovative programs.

Lung Transplants

As one of the most respected lung transplant programs in the world, our lung transplant team has performed more than 500 transplants, including the first for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pulmonary hypertension.

Lung Valve Procedure

University Health System is the first in South Texas to offer an endobronchial valve or lung valve treatment for emphysema patients that doesn’t involve surgery. This treatment option is particularly effective for patients who experience symptoms despite taking COPD medications and/or oxygen.

For many, this life-changing treatment gives immediate relief without having to undergo lung volume reduction surgery or a lung transplant.

Our team of pulmonary specialists offer this bronchoscopy procedure as a cutting-edge treatment to emphysema patients who in the past have had limited options for improving their breathing problems. After treatment, most patients are able to take full breaths and quickly get back to everyday activities. In clinical studies, patients treated with Zephyr® Valves have been shown to:

  • Breathe easier
  • Be more active and energetic
  • Be less short of breath
  • Experience a major improvement in their quality of life 

Zephyr® valves are intended to be permanent, but are removable if necessary.

Cystic Fibrosis

University Health is the largest cystic fibrosis (CF) center in the area and one of only two CF centers in South Texas accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Young adults transition seamlessly from our pediatric cystic fibrosis program to our adult program, making it easy to maintain comprehensive, expert care.

Pulmonary Hypertension

We have the largest pulmonary hypertension clinic in South Texas. It’s known nationally for excellence in care and a focus on continued research to find new ways to improve patient outcomes.

Lung Disease Tests & Treatments We Offer

University pulmonologists provide a wide variety of tests and treatments for lung disorders including:

Testing & Diagnosis

Our lung care specialists use their expertise and advanced technology to accurately diagnose your condition as quickly as possible. Test and procedures we use include:

Treatment

Your lung specialist develops a personalized treatment plan based on your needs to help you breathe easier. University Health provides advanced treatment options including:

  • Biological therapies
  • Immunotherapy
  • Lung transplantation
  • Endobronchial valve procedure
  • Medication/medication administration research
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Sleep disorder treatment