Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of combined education and exercise that focuses on teaching patients how to breathe better, increase their stamina, and get better control of their breathing. We help people stay healthy and empower them to take care of their lungs.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation: How We Compare
Our team is dedicated to helping patients with lung disease, improve their quality of life and live more active lives.
- We are the largest pulmonary rehabilitation center in the state, serving up to 140 patients per year.
- We offer access to state of the art exercise facilities, shared with Cardiac Rehabilitation.
- Our program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Our program meets the strict quality and practice standards required by the premier pulmonary rehabilitation organization. The program is recognized as providing “best practice” care. Our program has been certified since 2013.
- We offer easy, free, on-site parking at the Tilley Drive campus.
What our patients say…
- “The program re-energized my appreciation of exercising and enlightened my concerns about living with my lung disease. I walked away from the program feeling better physically and perhaps even more important mentally (optimistic).”
- “It was very nice having leaders that were very knowledgeable and
havinggreat personalities. It made a very serious topic easy to participate in.”
- “What I found most beneficial; restoration of muscles and improvement for my balance,
majorrelief for neck discomfort and range of movement, breathing methods to assist with anxiousness or stress, support for shortness of breath, and group interaction.”
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Details
Dates: We offer two sessions per week for 8 weeks on Tuesday and Thursday, or Wednesday and Friday from 1:00-4:
Location: 62 Tilley Drive Suite 101, South Burlington, VT
Group size: 6-7 individuals per class.
Insurance coverage: covered by most third-party payers, including Medicare. Insurance coverage is verified by staff before patients join the program.
Supplemental oxygen up to 6 liters per minute is available for use for patients for whom it has been prescribed. However, participants should bring their own portable oxygen to use before and after the sessions, if needed.
- Chronic obstructive lung disease: emphysema, chronic bronchitis
- Cystic fibrosis
- Interstitial lung disease
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Before or after lung transplantation
- Before or after other chest wall surgeries, including lung cancer surgery
Treatments - Pulmonary Rehab
Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation staff prepares an individualized treatment plan to help you get stronger and regain control of your breathing so you can do the things you want to do.
Treatments provided in the program include
- Assessment of current disease status: this may be done by a respiratory therapist, physical therapist, or doctor.
- Education about lung disease, including medications and other treatments.
- Exercise training, including flexibility, strength and cardiovascular training adjusted to fit each individual participant's ability.
- Education on self-management strategies to manage chronic lung disease.
For Pulmonary Rehab Professionals
Referrals can be ordered in PRISM if internal, or faxed if external. Referrals can be placed by any physician or advanced practitioner.
General criteria for referral to Pulmonary Rehabilitation:
- COPD: Gold grade 2-4 based on pulmonary function testing
- Non-COPD: stable lung cancer, restrictive pulmonary disease, pulmonary vascular disease, pre/post CT surgery, pre/post lung transplant, autoimmune disorders with pulmonary involvement. Patients need to have documented symptoms related to their lung disease.
- Patients need to be independent and able to function in a group setting
Patients with the following active issues are generally not appropriate for participation.
- Active smoker of tobacco or related products (use of NRTs is permitted). Learn about the UVM Medical Center's quit smoking program.
- Metastatic cancer
- Severe cognitive impairment
- Significant or unstable medical conditions (including cardiac)
- Alcohol abuse
- History of multiple falls
- Disabling stroke