Pulmonary Services

Pulmonary Services - Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Frequently Asked Questions

How do we know that pulmonary rehabilitation programs work?

There are many favorable studies which indicate the value of pulmonary rehabilitation.  These reports show that patients who participate in pulmonary rehabilitation programs may see the following benefits:

  • Achieve optimal capacity to carry out activities of daily living
  • Increase in exercise tolerance
  • Increase in tolerance of shortness of breath
  • Enable participation in recreational pursuits
  • Ability to return to work for some individuals
  • Increase in independence and self-reliance
  • Decrease in anxiety and depression
  • Improvement of self-image
  • Reduction in exacerbations of the disease and hospitalizations
  • Improvement of quality of life

How long is the program?

The duration of the program is dependent upon your insurance coverage, but it generally lasts two months.  You will come 3 times per week for about 1 to 1.5 hours per session.

Where is Pulmonary Rehab located?

On the B level of the University of Utah Hospital.

What is the cost?

We will verify coverage for Pulmonary Rehabilitation with your insurance company.  The cost of the program ranges from $1800 to $2400, depending on the interventions deemed appropriate according to your evaluation results.

Am I going to be able to exercise if I have other health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, or orthopedic problems (back pain, arthritis, or joint replacements)?

Yes.  The type of exercise prescribed specifically for you will take other health issues into consideration.

Will I be able to go off oxygen?

Usually, no.  If you have been using supplemental oxygen for some time the chances are that you will not be able to discontinue its use.  If, however, you have been recently placed on oxygen due to an acute illness you may be able to discontinue it.

Will it help me lose weight?

Weight loss is multifactorial, so exercise will help, but diet and nutrition will also need to be addressed.

What happens when I am finished with the program?

During your time with us a home exercise program will be prescribed to assist you in  making this a lifestyle change.  We also offer a maintenance program if you wish to continue to exercise here.  You will keep track of your progress but we will still monitor your oxygen saturation and blood pressure and be available for any questions or help that you might need.

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