Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation is an important way to reduce the impact of chronic lung disease, allowing you to be less breathless and achieve a better quality of life. The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at the University of Michigan  brings together a dedicated team of experts to provide a supportive, attentive, and compassionate environment utilizing individualized treatments to help those with pulmonary disease reduce their symptoms and improve their lives.

About the University of Michigan Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

Candidates for the 8-week Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program include:

  • People with breathing disorders
  • Adults diagnosed with chronic lung diseases
  • Those considering or who have undergone lung surgery, including lung transplantation

Patients who attend our program learn multiple ways to improve their breathing. Other benefits of the program include:

  • Increased exercise tolerance
  • Reduced anxiety and depression associated with pulmonary disease
  • Education about lung disease, treatment options, and coping strategies
  • Methods to control and alleviate breathing difficulties

Our team will take a thorough history, review your symptoms, current treatments, and any other health issues, and identify your short- and long-term goals. From that information, we’ll create a plan tailored to your specific needs. Your therapy program may include an exercise regimen (comprising strength and aerobic training, breathing training, smoking cessation, nutrition support, and/or counseling). Oxygen saturation, blood pressure, and heart rate are monitored while you exercise.

Patients who have completed the program may continue to exercise in our informal Maintenance Program on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

How to Enroll

To enroll in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, your physician must refer you. Please call your doctor and ask for a referral.

For more information about the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at the University of Michigan, call 734-998-8723. Our hours of operation are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday.