Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Treatment in Newport Beach & Foothill Ranch, CA
Preserve the Function of Your Lungs at West Coast Lung
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) covers a large group of autoimmune lung disorders causing inflammation and scarring of the lungs affecting how oxygen is transferred into the bloodstream. Systemic autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and lupus can silently attack the lungs. As cellular communication continues, this leads to damaging white blood cells in the lungs, causing irreversible lung damage. Oftentimes, other autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis can cause ILD. Shortness of breath and dry cough are the most common symptoms. If left untreated, ILD will continue to cause irreversible scarring. If you are experiencing symptoms, see Dr. Rutland right away for an evaluation and interstitial lung disease treatment in Newport Beach and Foothill Ranch, CA.
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
Once an ILD 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. Oftentimes, care will include a Care Team consisting of other physicians (ie: Rheumatology). ILD can be managed to lead to an overall happier and healthier life. In some severe cases, a lung transplant will be needed. Dr. Rutland works closely with lung transplant teams and several of our patients have received transplants quickly.
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 Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Treatment in Newport Beach & Foothill Ranch, CA
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 or Foothill Ranch 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 & Foothill Ranch, CA, 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.