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Interventional Bronchoscopy

As a form of interventional pulmonology, interventional bronchoscopy can be used as both a diagnostic tool and as a treatment tool. This approach involves inserting a flexible tube, called a bronchoscope, through the nose or mouth and into the airways. This tube may carry a camera or other tools that can be used to perform procedures.

Procedures that may be accomplished during an interventional bronchoscopy include biopsies, placement of an airway stent, balloon bronchoplasty to open up obstructed airways, and more. These procedures can relieve obstructions, improve breathing, and help in the diagnosis of conditions such as lung cancer.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have been told you need interventional bronchoscopy, you may have questions about this treatment approach. Feel free to check out these FAQs and reach out to our professionals for assistance with any remaining questions you may have. We are here to help!

During the procedure, the bronchoscope is inserted through the nose or mouth and passed down into the lungs. The doctor can then use the bronchoscope to view the inside of the lungs, take samples, and perform other procedures such as removing tumors or placing stents.

Before the procedure, you will be given a mild sedative to help you relax. During the procedure, you will lie on your back with your head slightly elevated. The bronchoscope is then inserted through your nose or mouth and into your lungs. You will be asked to hold your breath or cough during the procedure to help the doctor view the inside of your lungs.

The procedure typically takes 30-60 minutes. You may experience some discomfort or a gagging sensation during the procedure, but the procedure is generally well-tolerated and painless.

The risks associated with Interventional Bronchoscopy include bleeding, infection, and pneumothorax. Additionally, there is a risk that the procedure may not be able to diagnose or treat the condition.

Recovery time after Interventional Bronchoscopy is usually short, and most people can go home the same day. You may have mild throat discomfort or a cough for a few days after the procedure, but you should be able to return to normal activities within a few days.