A bronchoscopy is an exam of the lungs, used to help diagnose any lung complications. This exam provides a direct view of you breathing passages. A thin flexible tube called a bronchoscope is used. A special light and tiny camera are attatched to the tube. Depending on the results of the bronchoscopy, you may need other tests to confirm your problem.
Bronchoscopys are usually done in a hospital setting. You will be given medications to help you relax and to prevent gagging. The medications may be given IV (intravenous) line. Your nose and throat may be numbed with a special spray prior to the procedure.
A Bronchoscopy takes anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes. While lying on a table with your head raised; Or you may sit in a special chair. Oxygen may be supplied through a nasal soft clip.
After the exam you will be given instructions to follow. To avoid choking, spit out any saliva in your mouth. Avoid eating or drinking anything until the medications have completely worn off. Also try not to cough and clear your throat. If you have a sore throat or hoarseness, gargling may help. The doctor will discuss your test results at your next office visit.