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Bronchoscopy

A flexible scope is placed in the nostril of the nose by a trained physician. Scope diameter is approximate size of a pencil eraser. Sedation is always given to relax the patient and decrease any anxiety or fear. The patient is monitored closely during the procedure including routine checks of the blood pressure, heart rhythm, heart rate, and respiration. The vocal cords and bronchial tubes are visualized. This procedure allows the physician to see inflammation, masses, foreign objects, etc. This procedure can take 30 minutes to perform.

Usually the patient will be asked to not eat or drink anything at least 6 hours prior to the test. Most often the physician will ask the patient not to eat or drink after midnight the night prior. Hospital stay is normally no more than 4 hours from the time of arrival to the Endoscopy Center waiting room until the completion of the procedure.