At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we offer rehabilitation services for people after surgery as well as for those receiving outpatient treatment for tracheal diseases.
Postoperative Pulmonary Program
To help patients recover immediately after surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering offers a Postoperative Pulmonary Program led by a multidisciplinary team of respiratory experts, physical therapists, nurses, and doctors. This program aims to help you return to your normal routine as quickly as possible.
After your surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s experienced physical therapists will perform a comprehensive chest physical therapy evaluation that focuses on coughing, deep breathing, and management of phlegm (thick mucous that lines the airway and lungs). In addition, we will evaluate your mobility, including your ability to get out of bed and walk.
Based on this evaluation, you will be given an individualized treatment plan that addresses any movement challenges and outlines the goals of your physical therapy. This proactive approach to postoperative care — including chest physical therapy, mobility, and exercise — will maximize your breathing function and ability to walk long distances, with the goal of helping you return home feeling steady and strong.
Although most patients are discharged to their homes, occasionally some people require additional rehabilitation prior to going home. Your physical therapist will be involved in making recommendations regarding the most appropriate discharge plan for you.
Our respiratory therapists will work with you to assess breathing and deliver treatments as guided by your physician. Some treatments include oxygen therapy and medication that is inhaled through a nebulizer (a device that turns liquid medication into a mist that can be inhaled by mouth). This medication helps open up the airways and makes it easier to clear out phlegm.
Our therapists are also able to assist in your transition from the hospital to your home. In addition, we work with patients who are undergoing a type of respiratory treatment known as continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP).
Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Program
Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Program provides a variety of services to help restore your everyday functioning and enhance your quality of life. Speech and swallowing therapists are key members of the rehabilitation team after treatment for tracheal diseases.
Smoking Cessation Program
If you smoke, you will be asked to stop while you undergo treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering for a tracheal or bronchial disease. This will make your treatment safer and more effective.
We also offer smoking cessation programs to help you manage nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms so you can quit for good.
Supportive Care and Pain Management
At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we focus on all aspects of comprehensive cancer care, not just treating the disease. Our specialists in supportive care can help you cope with the side effects of therapy. These include pain, nausea, and fatigue. We can also help with the emotional and spiritual needs that often come up during and after cancer treatment.
If you are in pain during your treatments or even after they’re over, we have pain specialists who can help. We will build a plan that makes sense for you and your needs. Our experts can work with your doctor and pharmacists to give you solutions for both acute physical pain, which comes on suddenly, as well as chronic pain, which can linger. Our goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible.