In this procedure, a Bronchoscope – a flexible, long and thin telescope with an attached light – is used to view the airways and the lung passages.

Before your procedure:

  • Do not eat or drink for 6 hours before the procedure. If you are a smoker, do not smoke for 24 hours before the procedure.
  • Follow all of your doctor's instructions.
  • Empty your bladder before procedure.
  • You may be given an I.V. for pain and sedation medications.
  • You nose and throat may be sprayed with medication to make them numb.

During your procedure:

  • The procedure can take 30-60 minutes.
  • You will be lying on a bed or a special chair for the procedure.
  • The room may be darkened for a better view through the scope.
  • The doctor will insert the scope into your nose or mouth; you will be asked to swallow or take a deep breath.
  • You will not be able to talk during the test.
  • Mucous found in your lung passages will be suctioned.
  • The doctor may remove tiny samples for biopsy.
  • The lung passages may be photographed as part of your medical chart.

After your procedure:

  • Nurses will monitor you for one hour after the procedure.
  • You will not be able to eat or drink until the effects of the medication have fully worn off.
  • The doctor will discuss the results with you either on your next office visit or by telephone.