This is an exam of the lungs' airways which uses a lighted tube with a camera on the end. A biopsy may be done to evaluate abnormal findings.

This is an exam of the lungs' airways which uses a lighted tube with a camera on the end. A biopsy may be done to evaluate abnormal findings.

Bronchoscopy is an exam of the lungs airways which uses a lighted tube with a camera on the end.

  • A small piece of tissue may be removed for examination (biopsy).

The bronchoscope can be either flexible or rigid.

  • A flexible bronchoscope is more comfortable and does not require an anesthesiologist to put you into a deep sleep (general anesthesia).
  • A rigid bronchoscopy requires you be put into a deep sleep (general anesthesia) by an anesthesiologist.
  • In most cases, flexible bronchoscope has replaced the rigid bronchoscope.

Bronchoscopy is usually done to find the cause of a lung problem. For example, it can help find:

  • A tumor
  • An infection
  • Excess mucus in the airways
  • Source of bleeding
  • Blockage in the airway

Your healthcare provider may also do a bronchoscopy to treat a problem in the lungs, such as removing a blockage or cleaning out the airways.

Prior to the procedure, tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific instructions you should follow before the procedure. These may include:

  • Medications you should not take before the surgery, such as blood thinners or aspirin
  • Regular medications you should continue to take on the day of your surgery
  • How many hours you should stop eating and drinking before surgery

If you are a smoker, you should quit smoking, as it can interfere with your recovery.

You will probably be given a medicine to help make you sleepy and relaxed (a sedative). Your throat will also be numbed before the procedure.

  • As previously noted, a rigid bronchoscopy requires an anesthesiologist be present to put you into a deep sleep.
  • You will not be allowed to drive for twelve to twenty-four hours after the test. Do not forget to arrange for transportation to and from the facility and help at home.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having a bronchoscopy?

  • What is the reason for the procedure?
  • Are there any less invasive treatments or procedures? If so, what kind?
  • Do I need to fast before the procedure? If so, for how long?
  • Is there any other special preparation for the procedure? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • What kind of sedation will I have? What are the possible side effects?
  • What are the possible complications to the procedure?
  • How will I feel after the procedure? Will I have to modify my activity?
  • How long will it take me to recover?

After your procedure, you should know what you had done, what medication was given, and what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider. You should also understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans.


Also known as:

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