Bronchoscopy: Understanding the Procedure, Benefits, and What to Expect

Bronchoscopy: Understanding the Procedure, Benefits, and What to Expect

What is Bronchoscopy?

Bronchoscopy is a procedure that involves examining the inside of the lungs and airways using a camera. This procedure is performed with a device called a bronchoscope, which is about the thickness of a pencil and has a light and camera at the tip.

Why is Bronchoscopy Performed?

Diagnosis of Lung Diseases: It is used to diagnose lung cancer, lung infections, chronic cough, or unexplained lung problems. Treatment: It is used to remove foreign objects or clear mucus blockages.

How is Bronchoscopy Performed?

Depending on the patient and the suspected disease, bronchoscopy is usually performed under sedation, where the patient is not fully asleep but in a light sleep state.

Do I Need to be Hospitalized for Bronchoscopy?

For diagnostic bronchoscopy, the patient is typically admitted for the day. That is, a patient admitted in the morning is usually discharged after 2-3 hours of observation following the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Bronchoscopy Painful?

Due to sedation and local anesthesia, the procedure is painless.

How Long Does it Take?

Depending on the procedure performed, bronchoscopy takes between 30-60 minutes.

Can I Eat After Bronchoscopy?

After the procedure, the patient can start drinking water and consuming liquid foods approximately 2-3 hours later.

When Can I Return to My Normal Life After Bronchoscopy?

For procedures performed under sedation, the patient can return to their normal daily activities 2-6 hours after the procedure.

Doctors of the Relevant Department:

Spec. Dr. Ali EKİNCİ