How It Is Done continued...
machine (fluoroscope) may be placed above you to provide a picture that helps your doctor see
any devices, such as
forceps to collect a biopsy sample, that are being
moved into your lung. The bronchoscope is then moved down your larger breathing
tubes (bronchi) to examine the lower airways.
If your doctor
collects sputum or tissue samples for biopsy, a tiny biopsy tool or brush will
be used through the scope. A salt (saline) fluid may be used to wash your
airway, then the samples are collected and sent to the lab to be
Finally, small biopsy forceps may be used to remove a
sample of lung tissue. This is called a transbronchial biopsy.
This procedure is usually
general anesthesia. You will lie on your back on a
table with your shoulders and neck supported by a pillow.
be given a sedative to help you relax. You will have an
intravenous line (IV) placed in a vein. Once you are asleep, your head will be carefully
positioned with your neck extended. A tube
(endotracheal) will be placed in your windpipe (trachea) and a machine will
help you breathe. Your doctor then slowly and gently inserts
the bronchoscope through your mouth and into your windpipe.
your doctor collects sputum or tissue samples for biopsy, a tiny biopsy tool or
a brush will be inserted through the scope. A salt (saline) fluid may be used
to wash your airway, then the samples are collected and sent to the lab for
Recovery after bronchoscopy
Bronchoscopy by either procedure usually takes about 30 to 60 minutes.
You will be in recovery for 1 to 3 hours after the procedure. Following the
- Do not eat or drink anything for 1 to 2 hours,
until you are able to swallow without choking. After that, you may resume your
normal diet, starting with sips of water.
- Spit out your saliva
until you are able to swallow without choking.
- Do not drive for at
least 8 hours after the procedure.
- Do not smoke for at least 24 hours.