It is a medical procedure which enables the doctors to take a look inside the airways of your lungs, together with the vocal cord, voice box and numerous branches of bronchi. The test is usually performed by a thoracic surgeon or pulmonologist. It is done to examine the lung disease where the doctor can take samples of your lung tissue for a laboratory test. Bronchoscopy is of two types – a rigid bronchoscope and a flexible fiberoptic bronchoscope. Over the years, the flexible fiberoptic bronchoscope has successfully replaced the rigid bronchoscope because it is easier to perform.
• Your doctor may ask you to remain empty stomach several hours before the procedure to prevent certain risks, such as vomiting, etc. • Inform your doctor what medicines you’re taking or if you’re allergic to latex or any medicine • Also keep your doctor informed in case you’re coughing up blood
• You will be allowed to eat or drink once the insensitivity in your throat wears off, which will take 1-2 hours. • You’ll need someone to drive you home.
Cost: The procedure may cost up to 1 lakh rupees.
Benefits: • Copious fluid gets removed from your lungs • The physician can properly diagnose your lung disease and find the cause of inflammation or bleeding
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