What is a bronchoscopy?
A minimally-invasive procedure for patients with pulmonary ailments that allows examination of the trachea and lungs.
Why it's recommended
Most often performed by a pulmonologist to diagnose and treat airway and lung disease, to remove foreign objects or tumors, and to place airway stents.
How to prepare
You will not be allowed to eat or smoke for several hours before the procedure.
What to expect
Upon registration, you will be taken to a pre-op bay. Your throat will be sprayed with a local anesthetic and intravenous sedation will be administered. During the procedure, the doctor will pass a bronchoscope through your nose or mouth and into your lungs. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes.
What happens next
Upon waking in a recovery bay, you won't have any recollection of the procedure and might feel a little 'foggy' from the sedative. It's mandatory that a companion be available to drive you home. Your throat may feel a little sore and you have may have trouble swallowing for a little while. You may cough up small amounts of blood for a couple of days.