Bronchoscopy

Important Note:  You must have someone to drive you home after the procedure.

You will be sedated for this procedure and you will have a tube placed into your airways to help you breathe. Being deeply sedated makes it more comfortable for you and it allows the doctor to obtain good biopsy samples.


Special Preparations (day of the test):

  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight
  • Medications: 
    • You will be able to take most of your medications the morning of your procedure with a small sip of water. You will be instructed by your medical team which of your medications, if any, should not be taken the morning of your procedure.
    • Do NOT take any medications containing aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications for 5 days prior to your procedure (these medications have blood thinning properties). You MAY take Tylenol for pain.
    • If you are taking warfarin, or an antiplatelet aggregation medication (Plavix, Effient, etc.), your doctor will instruct you on when your last dose before your procedure date will be.
    • If you are taking insulin or other diabetic medications you will be instructed on dose adjustments to accommodate not being able to eat for several hours before your procedure.

Registration:

You will need to park in the West Entrance Garage, and follow signs to the green elevator, take the elevator to the first floor. Go to the CPC Check-in desk at Central Registration.

To get to CPC: take the Green elevator to the 4th floor and then use the phone in the waiting room to call the nurse’s desk at 425.899.2367 to let them know you are finished with registration.


Instructions for after the Test:

For 24 hrs after the procedure, you may have:

  • Blood tinged sputum
  • A temperature of up to 102* F
  • Frequent coughing

Call your doctor if you have:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest Pain
  • Fever of 101* or more for more than 24 hours
  • Bright red blood or blood clots from your nose or throat

Call 911 if you have severe shortness of breath or chest pain


Results of the Procedure:

There may be some preliminary results available when the procedure is finished.

Other results can take several days to a week to be complete.

An office visit will be scheduled for you when your procedure is scheduled to review the final results with your provider.