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Department of Pulmonology and Sleep Disorders

Department of Pulmonary & Sleep Disorders deals with diagnosis and treatment of conditions like lung cancer, asthma, interstitial lung disease, respiratory failure & chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, general respiratory and sleep breathing associated disorders. It is a medical specialty that deals with diseases involving the respiratory tract. While family doctors/physicians can treat mild and short-term conditions such as cough, cold or respiratory infections, for more severe lung infections, you will need to refer to a pulmonologist, who will diagnose and create a suitable treatment plan. Pulmonologists are specially trained in diseases and conditions of the chest, particularly pneumonia, asthma, tuberculosis, emphysema, and complicated chest infections. It is also known as chest medicine or respiratory medicine in some countries. Often it involves managing patients who need life support and mechanical ventilation. Pulmonology is closely related to critical care medicine when dealing with patients who require mechanical ventilation and cardiothoracic surgery.

Continental Hospitals is known for an efficient critical care team. The hospital has state-of-the-art facilities and medical equipment, as well as the latest communication and information technology. It is the best hospital for the treatment of lung diseases in Hyderabad

Continental Hospitals is the only hospital in the twin states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and among a select few in the country to feature an Endobronchial Ultrasound facility. With revolutionary technology, the state-of-the-art bronchoscopy suite has facilities for performing flexible bronchoscopy which can be used for various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures like taking a biopsy and stenting of the airway. 

In Continental Hospitals Sleep Disorders Center has an area of expertise committed to providing state of the art health care, with technology-enabled research and offering top tier educational programs in the area of sleep medicine.

Facilities at Department of Pulmonary & Sleep Disorders

Bronchoscopy Suite: Continental Hospitals is the only hospital in the twin states of Telangana & Andhra Pradesh and among a select few in the country to feature an Endobronchial Ultrasound facility. With revolutionary technology, the state-of-the-art bronchoscopy suite has facilities for performing flexible bronchoscopy which can be used for various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures like taking a biopsy and stenting of the airway. At Continental Hospital our highly-skilled physicians have extensive experience in treating

Rigid Bronchoscopy System the rigid bronchoscopy equipment in the department has enabled the expert pulmonologists to tackle complex and challenging central airway procedures like removal of foreign bodies benign and malignant tumors from airway, dilatation of airway stenosis and airway stenting. Airway disease related to lung transplantation. As part of Continental Hospitals, consistently ranked one of the nation's top pulmonologist programs, our program handles the most complex cases.

Sleep Laboratory: In Continental Hospitals Sleep Disorders Center has an area of expertise committed to providing state of the art health care, with technology enabled research and offering top tier educational programs in the area of sleep medicine. A tight sleep is essential to maintain a good health inadequate sleep leads to increase health problems and lower quality of life. Sleep disorders produce a wide range of health and behavioral manifestations and decrease performance. The Continental Hospitals provides care to patients with a wide range of sleep related complaints and offers a full range behavioral, pharmacological surgical and device related therapies to improve the symptoms and long term health effects of these disorders.

Thoracoscopy Suite (Medical and surgical): The thoracoscopy suite at the Continental Department of Pulmonary & Sleep Disorders is equipped with medical and video assisted thoracoscopic systems. It is a specialized centre of taking pleural biopsies, draining pleural effusions, breaking adhesions and pleurodesis in infectious and cancerous fluid accumulation in the chest.Complete sleep evaluations are provided through initial consultation and may include polysomnographic study in the Sleep Disorders Laboratory. Our sleep neurologists are Board Certified in Sleep Disorders Medicine and are nationally recognized leaders in the area of sleep medicine.

Continental Hospital is a NABH and JCI-accredited facility in Hyderabad offering multi-specialty tertiary and quaternary care services. The hospital has a capacity of 750 beds with 250 operational beds currently. The hospital has Green OT, Level 3 NICU, and PICU.

Continental Hospitals is a part of IHH Healthcare, a leading premium integrated healthcare provider with a network of 84 hospitals and more than 16,000 licensed beds. It is one of the largest healthcare groups in the world by market capitalization and is listed in the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia and Main Board of SGX-ST.

Our mission is to make a difference in peoples’ lives by providing the best health care. Our sights are set on providing seamless comprehensive healthcare of the highest quality.

We aim to serve our patients and our co-workers with compassion, dignity, integrity, and mutual respect.

We strive to achieve excellence in clinical service and surgical operations.

Our hospital is the best known for lung diseases in Hyderabad. We have a 24-hour accident and emergency service with the biggest emergency centre in an Acute Chest Pain Centre, Stroke Centre, Trauma Centre and & Urgent Care Family Clinic manned by a Rapid Action Team.

Department of Pulmonary & Sleep Disorders provides holistic evaluation and treatment of conditions like lung cancer, asthma, interstitial lung disease, respiratory failure & chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, general respiratory and sleep breathing associated disorders. Integrated with laboratory, radiology and pathology services for instant conferencing and discussion, the Continental Department of Pulmonary & Sleep Disorders is a one-stop centre for all lung and sleep-related trouble.

Continental has vast in-patient services with more than 200 beds, state of the art operation theatre and fully equipped ICUs.  It is the best hospital for pulmonary and lung diseases in Hyderabad with the best treatment and team of doctors available at hand.

If you're struggling with respiratory disease, accurate diagnosis is the first step. A pulmonologist uses procedures such as spirometry, blood work, chest X-rays, CT scans, bronchoscopies, and sleep studies to diagnose chronic lung disease. Your pulmonologist may ask you to repeat these tests even if you have already completed them to confirm the results.

The below symptoms can be related to a lung condition and a pulmonary specialist may be helpful:

  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Dizziness, light-headedness or fainting
  • Difficulty breathing, especially during exercise
  • Fatigue
  • Wheezing
  • Recurring or chronic bronchitis or colds that impact your respiratory system
  • Asthma that isn't well-controlled, or has unidentified triggers

How Do Pulmonologists Diagnose Lung Diseases?

Pulmonologists use tests to figure out what kind of lung problem you have. The tests that are carried out are:

  • Blood tests:

They check levels of oxygen and other substances in your blood. Bronchoscopy. It uses a thin, flexible tube with a camera on the end to see inside the lungs and airways.

  • CT scan:

 It is a powerful X-ray that makes detailed pictures from inside your chest.

  • Spirometry:

This tests how well your lungs work by measuring how hard you can breathe air in and out.

  • X-rays:

 They use low doses of radiation to generate images of your lungs, ribs and other structures in your chest.

What kinds of procedures do pulmonologists do?

The procedures carried out by Pulmonologists include:

  • Clear fluid and mucus from the lungs
  • Open blocked air passages or ease the difficulty in breathing
  • Take samples of tissue to carry out diagnostics tests.

When would you see a Pulmonologist?

The symptoms that make you see a Pulmonologist are:

  • Inflammation of the airways, usually caused by infection
  • Cough with excessive mucus during most days of the month for at least 3 months.
  • Inflammation of the deep lung tissues which interferes with normal breathing and can make it difficult to perform routine activities without getting out of breath.
  • Acute or chronic respiratory problems caused by exposure to irritating or toxic substances in the work environment due to prolonged or repeated exposure.
  • Inflammation affecting the joints and surrounding tissues, accumulation of fluid around the lungs 

Medication is the most important treatment of most diseases of Pulmonology, either by inhalation or in oral form. Inhalation usually involves usage of inhalers or oxygen masks and in severe cases may require mechanical ventilation.

Our respiratory care treatment services include both invasive and non-invasive ventilator management; airway care and management; bronchial hygiene services, including chest physiotherapy services and suctioning; supplemental oxygen administration and management; respiratory patient assessment and education; aerosol medication treatment; and emergency care.

Our pulmonary doctors are board-certified in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Some are also board certified in Sleep Medicine and Allergy and Immunology. We are available 24/7 for both hospital patients and people who come to the emergency department requiring urgent pulmonary care and attention.

Treatments include:

Interventional Pulmonology
This consists of minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment options for thoracic abnormalities and pulmonary disease.
Lung transplant
It is a surgical procedure to remove one or both diseased lungs from a patient and replaced healthy donor lungs.
Physical therapy
Physical therapy may include a regimen of exercise, tissue manipulation, and other treatments focused on maximizing function in specific body parts to help relieve your pain.

Bronchoscopy
It is used for diagnosis as well as treatment. Bronchoscopy is used to diagnose conditions like:
It is used for treatment in the following situations:
• To remove foreign bodies, present in the airway
• To place a stent to open a collapsed airway caused due to pressure by a tumor or mass
• To remove any growth that is blocking the airway

Sleep problems treatment
This depends on the type of disorder one is suffering from and its underlying cause. Routine medications and an improved lifestyle can help in controlling this disorder. Your doctor will recommend the medical treatments that include sleeping pills, medication for allergy or cold, melatonin supplements, CPAP in case of sleep apnea, dental guard (teeth grinding) and medication of any underlying disease that is causing the sleep disorder.
COPD treatments
Options depend on how severe the condition is. The main COPD treatment options include:
• Quitting Smoking – If a person has COPD and they smoke, this is the most crucial thing they can do.
• Medications and Inhalers – This makes breathing easier.
• Pulmonary Rehabilitation – It is a specialized program of exercise as well as education.
• A Lung Transplant or Surgery – This is only a possibility for a minimal number of individuals.
The doctor will discuss the possible treatment options with the patient to ensure that the COPD symptoms are efficiently controlled.

Asthma treatment
The objective of asthma treatment is to control airway swelling. There are two basic kinds of medication for treating asthma:
• Control drugs to prevent attacks
• Quick-relief (rescue) drugs for use during attacks
Your doctor may suggest an inhaler containing drugs to provide immediate relief. The main thing is that you would have to check for the elements that trigger asthma. Keep yourself away from those elements.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation
An important art of Pulmonary treatment includes rehabilitation that helps restore function and improve the daily living of patients with pulmonary diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and other forms of pulmonary disease.

Continental Hospitals, Hyderabad provides you the best Pulmonology doctors in the country. Our Pulmonology consultants are widely renowned in their respective fields and come with a wide range of experience and expertise, with qualifications from premier institutes. Specialists in various branches of Pulmonology our doctors deliver comprehensive treatment and care. Visit us at Continental Hospitals, Hyderabad, for consulting with some of the best team of pulmonologists in India.

Our doctors have specializations from well-known institutes and are selected with great care. They are encouraged to update themselves, carry out research and improve the quality of treatment given to our patients. There are conferences and live courses conducted which help the doctors to grow professionally that may be immediately applied to individual practice and system improvement.

Pulmonologists at Continental Hospitals provide rapid access to the safest, most accurate procedures. Often, we may diagnose, perform cancer staging, treat and relieve a patient's symptoms in one procedure. With onsite cytopathology, many patients know their diagnosis immediately after the procedure.

Dr Nishanth Sinha

MBBS, DNB Respiratory Medicine(CMC Vellore).

Senior Consultant Pulmonologist

Dr Nalini Nagalla

MBBS, MD (Tuberculosis & Resp. Disease)

Senior Consultant Pulmonologist

Dr Pradeep Simha Karur

MBBS, MRCP (UK) CCT-Respiratory Medicine

Consultant Pulmonologist

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