Healthy Lungs Support Your Whole Health
A deep breath can be restorative. It calms the body, clears the mind and steadies the spirit. Lung conditions can make it difficult to breathe deeply — and live the active life you love, too.
At AdventHealth Ocala, our experienced lung specialists and pulmonologists want to help you breathe easier. We offer personalized care for:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema
- Lung cancer
- Lung disease
Learn more about our services and how we'll partner with you to breathe better every day.
Services for Your Complete Lung Health
Lung Disease Prevention
Our expert team is here for you with preventive lung care, from immunizations to a holistic wellness program that helps support healthy choices and lifestyles.
Education and Support Groups
Finding new ways to support patients and families affected by lung cancer and COPD is of the utmost importance to us.
Smoking Cessation Programs
Our personalized and effective cessation programs were designed to help you address personal challenges, manage withdrawal symptoms and ultimately succeed in quitting smoking.
We’ll uncover the source of your breathing issues through diagnostic services like pleural procedures, pulmonary services, computed tomography (CT), interventional radiology (IR), guided biopsies or robotic bronchoscopy.
Lung Cancer Screening
With low-dose computed tomography (LDCT), we can detect lung cancer in high-risk patients before symptoms even begin.
Lung Nodule Surveillance
Lung nodule surveillance can help us detect lung cancer early. Our care team is trained to identify and track lung nodules identified during your stay with us.
Lung Health Treatments
When you need lung treatment, we’re here with innovative technologies and therapies, including access to clinical trials.
Managing, controlling and alleviating the symptoms and stresses of lung disease and chronic pulmonary conditions is possible with help from our caring team.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Care
With COPD, inflammation of the lungs means less air can flow in and out, making it difficult to breathe. If you're feeling COPD symptoms like difficulty breathing, coughing and shortness of breath, we'll work to find the right COPD treatment for you.
Advanced Diagnostics for Precision Care
Question: What Are Bronchoscopies?Answer:
Flexible Bronchoscopy and Rigid Bronchoscopy
If an object or piece of food is stuck in the airway, or when a larger tissue sample is needed, our experts can perform:
Flexible bronchoscopy, which can be done without general anesthesia
Rigid bronchoscopy, which is done when bleeding is detected in the airwayContinue Reading
Robotic-Assisted Bronchoscopy With the MONARCH® Platform
AdventHealth Ocala is the first hospital in Marion County to offer robotic-assisted bronchoscopy to better detect and treat lung cancer.
An advanced robotic system, the MONARCH® Platform allows our surgeons to navigate the anatomy of the lungs with enhanced visibility and control. Guiding the robotic arms with a remote control modeled after popular video game controllers, our surgeons can access lesions in the lung periphery with greater accuracy than ever before, using a bronchoscope with 180° flexion in any direction.
The MONARCH® Platform is just one more way we’re elevating our care with innovative medical technologies to deliver better care for you.
Question: What Does a Computed Tomography (CT) Scan Show in Lungs?Answer:As part of our Lung Nodule Surveillance Program, we use chest CT scans to evaluate your lungs. These highly detailed images help us identify pulmonary nodules and detect cancer in its earliest stages.
Question: What Are Interventional Radiology Lung Biopsies?Answer:To help detect lung cancer in its earliest stages, we may need to obtain tissue samples. Interventional radiology biopsies provide a minimally invasive way for your care team to get a sample, using imaging technology to enhance precision and allow for a quicker recovery.
Question: What Are Pleural Procedures?Answer:Pleural biopsies can detect infection, cancer and other lung conditions. At AdventHealth Ocala, we specialize in thoracentesis procedures, minimally invasive surgical biopsies and open surgical biopsies.
Nationally Recognized, Patient-Centered Care
Without question, early detection and treatment of lung cancer saves lives. That’s why we’re committed to helping you move swiftly from diagnosis through treatment with patient-centered, multidisciplinary care. We’ve been so successful with this care approach that the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer has named AdventHealth Ocala’s Lung Health Program a Care Continuum Center of Excellence (CCCOE).
Partnering to Advance Lung Health
Collaboration advances the field of medicine. To ensure we provide you the highest levels of care, we partner with programs that support patient health and well-being, including:
- Radiology Associates of Ocala’s LDCT program
- The American Lung Association’s Better Breather program
- The National Area Health Education Centers’ tobacco cessation program
- Multidisciplinary Weekly Tumor Board Meetings
- Collaboration with community providers to discuss care plans
- Multidisciplinary Weekly Nodule Board Meetings
- Discussion and collaboration of incidental lung nodules to determine lung cancer risk
Patient Navigators Guide Your Care Experience
Our patient navigator program provides personalized, one-on-one attention while you seek treatment to improve your lung health. Your navigator will be with you at every step, helping schedule appointments and follow-ups, get prescriptions, understand your doctor’s instructions and more.