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Chest Clinic - Bronchoscopy


This test is done to examine the airways (tubes) of your lungs. The doctor will use a hollow tube with a light and lens to check the inside of your lungs. This tube goes in through your mouth and down the tubes that lead to your lungs. This test will help to diagnose and treat certain lung problems. Your doctor has talked to you about the need for this test. Sometimes polyps (tiny growths) are removed during the test. You will be given instructions about eating and drinking before the test. You will get a medicine to numb your throat and to make you drowsy.

How to Prepare for your bronchoscopy

Same Day surgery will contact you with instructions 1 to 2 days before your procedure.  Same Day Surgery is located on the second floor at the South Entrance. You should arrive 1 1/2 hours prior to your procedure. Your health care provider may tell you to avoid aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, or blood thinners such as warfarin for a period of time before the procedure. Always check with your health care provider before changing or stopping any medications.

What to Expect

Shortly before the procedure a small intravenous (IV) will be placed into your hand or forearm. Using this IV, the doctor will administer sedative medication.  Although sedated, you will be able to hear the doctor speak, swallow secretions and breath comfortably on your own.  If a flexible bronchoscope is used, you will be awake. The doctor will spray a numbing drug (anesthetic) in your mouth and throat. This will cause coughing at first, which will stop as the anesthetic begins to work. When the area feels thick, it is numb enough. You may get medications through a vein (intravenously) to help you relax. You will be drowsy.

After this test you can also expect

You will be watched in a recovery room for a short length of timeIt will take several hours before you will be able swallow liquids. Your throat may be slightly sore.

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