Here’s what you should know about your upcoming bronchoscopy.
Just as a colonoscopy allows a gastroenterologist to better examine the inside of the colon and rectum, a bronchoscopy allows our Loganville, GA, board-certified pulmonologist and sleep specialist Dr. Jeannot to take an up-close-and-personal look at the health and function of the lungs and airways. Here are some of the most common questions we get regarding this diagnostic procedure.
When is a bronchoscopy performed?
A bronchoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows our Loganville, GA, team to be able to examine the airways and lungs to diagnose a wide range of problems including,
- Abnormal growths and lesions
- Obstructions of the airways
A bronchoscopy can also be used to remove diseased tissue, biopsy tissue, place stents, stop bleeding and remove foreign objects or excess secretions.
When might I need a bronchoscopy?
This is one of the most common procedures that we perform when we need to diagnose and even treat certain lung conditions. We may recommend a bronchoscopy if,
- You have a persistent cough
- You are coughing up blood
- You are showing signs of an infection or inflammation of the airways
- You have a blockage of the airways
- You are experiencing paralysis of the vocal cord
What happens during a bronchoscopy?
A bronchoscopy is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure, which means that you can go home immediately afterward. IV sedation will ensure that the patient feels comfortable and relaxed throughout the procedure while a liquid medicine will also be administered to numb the throat. A flexible bronchoscope will then be gently guided down the throat and into the airways to examine the lungs. Samples may be collected for further testing especially if there are signs of inflammation, infection or abnormal growth. The procedure usually takes about 30-60 minutes to complete.
What happens after?
You will be able to go home the very same day as your bronchoscopy. Our Loganville, GA, pulmonologist will also provide you with detailed care instructions as well as any restrictions you may have for the next day or two afterward. You should give us a call immediately if you are experiencing a high fever, chest pain, trouble breathing or other symptoms after your procedure.
If you’re dealing with certain lung problems you may benefit from getting a bronchoscopy from our Loganville, GA, board-certified pulmonologist Dr. Jeannot and the expert team at Walton Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine. To schedule an evaluation, call us at (678) 928-9700.