MEDIAN Rehabilitation Clinic Heiligendamm
Department of Pulmonary Rehabilitation (25892)
Specialized in: pulmonary rehabilitation
About the department
The Department of Pulmonary Rehabilitation at the MEDIAN Rehabilitation Clinic Heiligendamm provides highly effective rehabilitation for patients who have suffered various diseases of the lungs and respiratory tract. The department mostly admits patients with bronchial asthma, recurrent and chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary emphysema and other lung diseases. In addition, the department's specialists provide rehabilitation for the patients after lung surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy in lung cancer. As of today, the department's doctors widely use in their clinical practice a special rehabilitation program elaborated for the patients after severe forms of Covid-19 infection. An important part of the therapeutic process is special training, during which the doctors inform the patients about their disease, healthy lifestyle with this pathology and possible health risks. Each rehabilitation program is unique and developed taking into account the specific clinical indications of the patient. The Chief Physician of the department is Dr. med. Jördis Frommhold.
The main goal of pulmonary rehabilitation is to normalize the functioning of the respiratory system after disease, restore the vitality of the body, eliminate mobility restrictions and, if necessary, restore the patient's work capacity. In addition, the rehabilitation measures help prevent the recurrence of a pulmonary disease. The optimal set of rehabilitation procedures is appointed for each patient individually. The rehabilitation treatment is based on such methods as therapeutic exercises, breathing exercises, sports therapy and ergometer training. The rehabilitation in the department becomes the first stage of recovery to improve the patient's health and teach him various exercises, which he can perform on his own at home. The department's specialists provide patients with recommendations on lifestyle modification (for example, smoking cessation), which also have a positive effect on the state of the respiratory system and the whole body. If the patients have such concomitant diseases as cachexia, obesity, vascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, lipid metabolism disorders, they are provided with consultations from the highly qualified specialists (therapists, cardiologists, nutritionists, etc.). A psychological care from the competent psychologists allows the patients to cope with anxiety and depression, which they can often experience due to the disease. It should be noted that the location of a medical facility in a resort town on the coast of the Baltic Sea also contributes to the overall health improvement.
The department's special offer is the rehabilitation for patients who have suffered severe forms of Covid-19 infection. The doctors of the department admit patients after severe pneumonia, those who were on artificial ventilation for a long time, and also those who suffer from respiratory failure due to lung lesions caused by an infectious disease. The key goal of the rehabilitation of patients is to restore significantly reduced pulmonary function after the coronavirus infection. The rehabilitation program is based on an individually selected set of physical exercises and breathing exercises. The rehabilitation treatment takes place on an inpatient basis. The duration of the rehabilitation program is 21 days.
The health of the patients is in good hands of a large professional team of doctors and nursing staff with successful clinical experience. The specialists competently combine all available rehabilitation treatments, thanks to which they manage to achieve the outstanding results. In addition, the department's rehabilitation therapists support patients in every possible way, motivate them and try to establish a friendly and trusting relationship with them.
The department specializes in the rehabilitation of patients with the following respiratory diseases:
- Bronchial asthma
- Recurrent and chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Chronic inflammation of the paranasal sinuses
- Allergic rhinitis
- Food intolerance
- Pathological conditions after lung surgery, including after operations to remove malignant lung tumors, chemotherapy and radiation therapy in lung cancer
- Pathological conditions after pneumonia and pulmonary embolism
- Respiratory failure due to long-term oxygen therapy
- Sleep-related breathing disorders
- Allergic alveolitis
- Pulmonary fibrosis and its consequences
- Pulmonary emphysema and its consequences
- Other diseases and pathological conditions
The department's range of rehabilitation methods includes:
- Physiotherapy with a special focus on respiratory muscle training
- Inhalation therapy
- Breathing exercises
- Muscle building workouts in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Special trainings on particular diseases (for example, bronchial asthma)
- Kneipp therapy (hydrotherapy)
- Special rehabilitation program for patients after severe forms of Covid-19 infection
- Psycho-oncological care
- Relaxation techniques
- Smoking cessation programs
- Other therapies
Photo of the doctor: (c) MEDIAN Klinik Heiligendamm
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