Bronchoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to look at your airway through a thin viewing instrument called a bronchoscope. During a bronchoscopy, your doctor will examine your throat, larynx, trachea and lower airways.

Flexible bronchoscopy A flexible bronchoscope uses a long, thin, lighted tube to look at your airway (See below). The flexible bronchoscope is inserted into the nose or the mouth and then passed in the airway.

Bronchoscopy Procedure

In most cases, this procedure does not require general anesthesia. Patients are taken to the bronchoscopy suite and given Conscious Sedation. What is Conscious Sedation?

This type of sedation induces an altered state of consciousness that minimizes pain and discomfort through the use of pain relievers and sedatives. Patients, who receive conscious sedation usually are able to speak and respond to verbal cues throughout the procedure, communicating any discomfort they experience to the provider. A brief period of amnesia may erase any memory of the procedure.

Bronchoscopy may be used to: