What is Bronchoscopy?
Bronchoscopy is an imaging test used to view the following parts of the respiratory system:
This will help in diagnosing lung-related disorders. Sometimes it is also used to treat certain lung conditions. An instrument called Bronchoscope is used in this procedure. It can be either flexible or rigid. A bronchoscope is a long fiber-optic material with light and camera at the tip of it. This is passed through the nose and into the mouth down the throat. This will help in viewing the internal organs of the respiratory system. There are three types of imaging techniques in Bronchoscopy. They are:
In the case of virtual bronchoscopy, there will be a CT scan to view the airways in a more detailed way. In Endobronchial ultrasound, the bronchoscope is attached with an ultrasound probe to have a better view of the airways and in Fluorescence bronchoscopy, fluorescent light will be attached to the bronchoscope.
What are the advantages of Bronchoscopy?
The following are the advantages of Bronchoscopy:
What are the indications of Bronchoscopy?
The following are the indications of Bronchoscopy:
This test is also indicated if chest X-ray or CT scan results show abnormal images.
What is the preparation for Bronchoscopy?
The following are the preparation steps involved in Bronchoscopy:
What are the steps involved in Bronchoscopy?
The following are the steps involved in Bronchoscopy:
What is the postprocedure care/recovery care for Bronchoscopy?
The following are the post care steps for Bronchoscopy:
Who can perform Bronchoscopy [Right specialist type for Bronchoscopy]?
Bronchoscopy can be performed by a certified and skilled Pulmonologist or a Thoracic surgeon who is well experienced in Bronchoscopy.
What is the cost of Bronchoscopy?
Cost of Bronchoscopy depends on factors such as:
The minimum cost for diagnostic Bronchoscopy in Bangalore starts from Rs.1500
An average cost for diagnostic Bronchoscopy in Bangalore is approximately Rs. 3,000
The maximum cost for diagnostic Bronchoscopy in Bangalore can rise up to Rs.5,000
The minimum cost for procedural Bronchoscopy in Bangalore starts from Rs.10,000
An average cost for procedural Bronchoscopy in Bangalore is approximately Rs.15,000
The maximum cost for procedural Bronchoscopy in Bangalore can rise up to Rs.20,000
Is Bronchoscopy a major surgery or minor surgery?
Bronchoscopy is a diagnostic procedure which is considered a minor procedure since it does not involve any surgical procedure or incisions.
What is the eligibility criteria for Bronchoscopy?
The eligibility criteria for Bronchoscopy are as follows:
What is the ineligibility criteria for Bronchoscopy?
The ineligibility criteria for Bronchoscopy are as follows:
What are the risks and complications associated with Bronchoscopy?
The following are the risks involved in Bronchoscopy:
Very rarely you may also experience:
How long does it take to complete Bronchoscopy?
The complete duration of the Bronchoscopy may take about 20-30 minutes. Sometimes it may take longer if the biopsy tissue is being collected.
What is the recovery time?
If the patient is sedated then it may take a few hours to gain consciousness otherwise the patient can go home immediately after the procedure.
What is the success rate of Bronchoscopy?
Bronchoscopy is a diagnostic procedure with very high success rates. The approximate success rate of Bronchoscopy is 95%.
Is Bronchoscopy painful?
Bronchoscopy procedure may not be very painful but the patient may feel a little discomfort while the bronchoscope is being inserted down the throat.
Is Bronchoscopy Permanent?
Bronchoscopy is an imaging test used to diagnose a variety of lung disorders. This is not a permanent procedure.
What are the long-term results of Bronchoscopy?
Since Bronchoscopy is a diagnostic procedure, there are no long-term results involved.
Can Bronchoscopy be detected in future?
Bronchoscopy is a diagnostic procedure which is temporary and cannot be detected in the future. If the symptoms are experienced again then the Bronchoscopy can be repeated.
What are the alternatives for Bronchoscopy?
The alternatives for Bronchoscopy are as follows: