What is a bronchoscopy?
A bronchoscopy is a procedure that is performed to evaluate the airway. This includes the larynx (voice box) and trachea up to where it splits to feed air to the lungs. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic so that all areas can be accurately evaluated without any discomfort. A rigid and/or flexible endoscope can be used during this procedure.
Why is it performed?
This procedure is performed to evaluate the airway. The doctor looks for any abnormalities or foreign bodies that may be causing difficult or noisy breathing. Abnormal narrowings can be dilated to improve the airway and abnormal growths or foreign bodies can be removed if necessary.
How should I prepare for the procedure?
Bronchoscopy is always performed under general anaesthetic in a hospital. You will be given specific instructions before your date of surgery instructing you when to stop eating/drinking and specific medication that may needed before or after surgery.
What can I expect after the surgery?
After the surgery you will be monitored on the ward for a few hours before discharge usually on the same day. We pay very careful attention to managing your pain after the procedure.