Walton Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine and Dr. Jeannot are here for you when you need a bronchoscopy in Loganville, or Conyers, GA. A bronchoscopy is a diagnostic procedure used to look inside the major air passages of the lungs that your doctor could recommend for various reasons. If you have been told you need a bronchoscopy by another doctor or you have an emergency where something is stuck in your airway, we can help.
During a bronchoscopy, a flexible tube called a bronchoscope is inserted into your nose or mouth and through your windpipe. This allows your doctor to see the inside of your airways. We specialize in a flexible bronchoscopy with an instrument that consists of many small glass fibers that transmit light. This allows your doctor to see the inside of your airways clearly. Your doctor can collect specimens for biopsy through the same instrument.
Another type of bronchoscopy in Loganville, or Conyers, GA, is called an open-air bronchoscopy, where a hollow tube is inserted through the mouth. This method is often used to remove foreign objects from your airways in an emergency, or if a specimen in your airways is being targeted for a larger biopsy. A bronchoscopy can be used to help diagnose issues in your airways and lungs, and the type of bronchoscopy you need will be determined by your doctor.
Before a bronchoscopy, you receive IV medication to help you relax and reduce any throat irritation to make a clear path for the instrument. There may be some discomfort during this procedure but you shouldn't be in pain, and more medication can help to numb you. You can't eat or drink for 1-2 hours after the procedure, as your throat will still be numb. Your doctor will follow up with results from your procedure in a few days, and if there is any soreness in your throat from the instrument, you can use over-the-counter painkillers.
Dr. Jeannot at Walton Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine performs flexible bronchoscopies to diagnose any issues in the major air passages of the lungs. If you need a bronchoscopy in Loganville, or Conyers, GA, contact us for an appointment at (678) 928-9700.