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Respiratory medicine includes the fields of pulmonology and thoracic surgery. Pulmonology covers the specialist field of the respiratory tract, including the prophylaxis, diagnosis and conservative treatment of diseases of the respiratory tract and the pulmonary tissue. Thoracic surgery includes the operative treatment of the lungs, the respiratory tract and the chest cavity. If lung conditions require surgery, the respiratory specialist will work together with thoracic and vascular specialists.
The centres at Klinik Im Park offer the entire range of respiratory medicine. With its centres of excellence and interdisciplinary teams of doctors, Klinik Im Park guarantees first-class medical services.
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.
General thoracic surgery is a surgical specialty and is dedicated to diseases and injuries of the thoracic wall and all the organs in the chest with the exception of the heart and aorta.
Thoracic surgery diagnoses and treats conditions of the lungs, the rib cage, and the mediastinum. These include in particular surgical management of lung cancer, lung metastases, pleural disorders (including pleural mesothelioma), deformities of the rib cage such as funnel chest, and lung transplantation.
Thoracic surgery is constantly undergoing further development so modern techniques such as minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery and lung-sparing surgery (including cuff resections) and laser surgery are now available.
The thoracic surgeon focuses on the operative management of:
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