Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Treatment in Newport Beach
Specialized Care for Your Lung Health
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis is the scarring of the lungs with no known cause. Early symptoms include a bothersome cough leading to more severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, and anxiety. IPF is a progressive disease so, if left untreated, damaging cellular communication will continue to cause scarring to your lungs making it increasingly hard to breathe. Eventually, respiratory failure can develop which is a life-threatening condition. Many people ignore mild symptoms, so most cases go undiagnosed in the early phase of the disease process. It is important to get chronic symptoms evaluated and seek Dr. Rutland for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) treatment in Newport Beach
What to Expect at Your First Appointment
During your first appointment, we will perform a full pulmonary workup – spirometry, lung ultrasound, EKG, pulse oximetry, and a full patient intake to learn about history, activity, and your goals. Depending on your symptoms, a walk test and echo may also be used. Oftentimes, labs will be drawn, and, in some cases, a bronchoscopy, biopsy, chest x-ray, and/or CT Scan will be needed to garner further information.
Continuation of Care
An important part of IPF is to first rule out other lung conditions. Once an IPF diagnosis has been determined, Dr. Rutland works to slow bad cellular communication. Continuation of care is life-long and based on the severity of your condition. However, as an expert in this disease, Dr. Rutland will manage your symptoms and work to prevent further damage to your lungs. IPF can be managed to lead to an overall happier and healthier life.
Lung conditions can understandably cause anxiety and depression. We provide several educational resources to learn more about this disease, support group information, and resources to improve pulmonary function. In addition, Dr. Rutland and our staff are here to be your biggest cheerleaders.
Contact Us for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Treatment in Newport Beach
If you are experiencing symptoms or need help managing your lung condition, schedule your New Patient Consultation at West Coast Lung today by calling 949-274-8030 to reach our Newport Beach office. You may also click here to use our convenient online request form.
During your appointment, we will perform a full clinical evaluation, discuss necessary testing, review your medical history and past imaging and labs. We will then provide a personalized treatment plan or recommend further evaluation via labs, imaging, and/or procedure.
We will take the time to explore your unique needs and answer your questions prior to recommending the next steps. We always provide a straightforward plan with a consultative approach to help you feel comfortable and ready to proceed with treatment.
As one of the premier pulmonology practices in Newport Beach, our pulmonologist and team at West Coast Lung also provide 5-star pulmonology care to patients from Portola Hills, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Lake Forest & Mission Viejo, CA & the surrounding areas.