Breathe Easier

Breathe Easier

Pulmonology is a medical specialty focused on the diagnosis and management of both chronic and acute diseases of the lungs, respiratory tract and bronchial tubes.

Common diseases treated by a pulmonologist include:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Cough
  • COPD
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Pneumonia
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Tuberculosis


Ion Robotic Bronchoscopy 

intuitive ion system lo resBronchoscopy is a procedure that allows doctors to look at your lungs and air passages. Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is one of the first healthcare systems in South Dakota to implement Ion, a robotic-assisted technology for minimally invasive biopsies deep within the lung not accessible through a traditional bronchoscope. 

During a bronchoscopy with Ion, Dr. Senne uses the controller to navigate to the lung mass along a digitally planned path. The catheter can articulate 180 degrees in any direction to pass through small, difficult to navigate airways and around tight bends to reach all 18 segments of the lung. This advanced technology brings answers and treatment decisions regarding lung cancer to patients sooner. 

Prairie Lakes Pulmonology serves area residents through Dr. Svien Senne. Pulmonology is located on the 1st floor of the Prairie Lakes Specialty Clinic in Watertown. Patients may make a clinic appointment by calling 605-882-7777 or toll free at 855-465-8897. No referral is required.