For appointments that are missed WITHOUT 24 to 48 hour notice there is a charge of:
$25 For Office Visit
$50 For Pulmonary Function Test
$100 For Sleep Study
Please call to reschedule, if you are unable to keep your appointment to avoid fees as well as allow another patient this visit.
What is a sleep study?
A sleep study is a test used to evaluate your breathing pattern, heart rate, oxygen level and brain wave activity.
How is this done?
Information is gathered during the test by:
Several small wires are attached to your scalp and face with a thick paste.
Two soft bands are used during testing: 1 is placed around the chest area, and 1 is placed around the abdomen.
Two pads are placed on the rib cage to record respiratory effort.
Two EKG pads are placed on the chest area to record heart rate.
A oxygen probe is placed in your nose to record breathing. Pads are placed on your legs to record movement.
A small sensor is attached to either your neck or forehead with tape.
Pulmonary Function Test (PFT)
Pulmonary function tests are a painless way to measure how well your lungs are working. A complete series has 3 tests. You may be given the entire series or only certain parts. The results may explain; Shortness of Breath, The type of lung problem, How smoking may have affected the lungs, and Whether breathing problems are a risk during general anesthesia.
During the test the tech will coach you through out the process. You will be sitting in a clear plastic box that looks like a phone booth. You will wear a nose clip so you breathe only through your mouth. If you happen to get tired, you can take a break between tests. Testing runs about 30 minutes. Depending on your ability to perform the test.
After testing, you can return to your normal diet and activity. If you were told to skip medications before testing, ask if you should take them when testing is completed. Your Doctor will go over the test results at your next office visit.
A bronchoscopy is an exam of the lungs, used to help diagnose any lung complications. This exam provides a direct view of you breathing passages. A thin flexible tube called a bronchoscope is used. A special light and tiny camera are attatched to the tube. Depending on the results of the bronchoscopy, you may need other tests to confirm your problem.
Bronchoscopys are usually done in a hospital setting. You will be given medications to help you relax and to prevent gagging. The medications may be given IV (intravenous) line. Your nose and throat may be numbed with a special spray prior to the procedure.
A Bronchoscopy takes anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes. While lying on a table with your head raised; Or you may sit in a special chair. Oxygen may be supplied through a nasal soft clip.
After the exam you will be given instructions to follow. To avoid choking, spit out any saliva in your mouth. Avoid eating or drinking anything until the medications have completely worn off. Also try not to cough and clear your throat. If you have a sore throat or hoarseness, gargling may help. The doctor will discuss your test results at your next office visit.
Nasir S. Syed, MD. FCCP. FRCPI. MRCP. DME. D.ABSM
Specialty Board Certifications: Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Critical Care and Internal Medicine.
Professional Memberships: Texas Medical Association, Bexar County Medical Society, American College of Physicians, American Thoracic Society, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American College of Chest Physicians, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Britain UK.
Special Interests: Pulmonary Hypertension, Lung Tumors, Sleep Disorders / Diseases
Directorships & Academic Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Medicine,UT Health Science Center San Antonio
Office Locations: San Antonio & New Braunfels
Post Graduate College: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Dublin. Ireland, Royal College of Physicians of London, UK
Medical school: Liaquat Medical College University of Sindh Pakistan
Internship:Lankenau Hospital, Pennsylvania, USA
Residency: Lankenau Hospital, Pennsylvania, USA
Fellowship: Hahnemann School of Medicine/ Drexel University Pennsylvania, USA