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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Sauk Prairie Healthcare’s Respiratory Services department offers Pulmonary Rehabilitation for patients who may be able to improve their quality of life. The goal of pulmonary rehabilitation is for a person with lung disease to be able to do daily activities with less shortness of breath. This program uses exercise and education to teach participants how to live better with their disease through working with a team of medical professionals specially trained in treating patients with lung disease.

The program includes:

  • Educational sessions
  • Exercise sessions
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Support groups

How will I benefit?

Our team will develop a treatment plan just for you and your goals.

With two sessions a week, you will:

  • Understand your disease better
  • Get answers to your healthcare questions
  • Improve your strength and endurance
  • Become more independent
  • Be able to perform daily activities with less shortness of breath
  • Have a better understanding of your medications and proper use
  • Learn to relax when you feel short of breath
  • Set realistic goals
  • Have a chance at a better quality of life because you will be able to do more things you enjoy

How long is this program?

Pulmonary Rehabilitation typically includes two sessions a week for 8 to 12 weeks or longer if recommended by your physician.

Will my insurance cover this service?

Many insurance companies cover pulmonary rehabilitation. Sauk Prairie Healthcare will work with your insurance company to determine if you are eligible for coverage of this service. Sauk Prairie Healthcare accepts most commercial insurances, including HMOs, Unity, Dean Care, The Alliance, Physicians Plus, and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

How do I get started in the program?

There are several things you will need to enter the program:

  • A physician’s referral
  • Be physically able, motivated, and willing to participate in the program
  • Be a non-smoker or committed to trying to quit during the program

Additional diagnostic tests may be required prior to starting the program.