WHAT IS Bronchoscopy?
Bronchoscopy is a procedure that allows the doctor to examine inside a patient’s throat, larynx, trachea, and airway through a thin viewing instrument called a “bronchoscope”. Bronchoscopy may be done to diagnose problems with the airway, the lungs, or with the lymph nodes in the chest, or to treat problems such as an object or growth in the airway.
APOLLO Bronchoscopy Unit
Apollo Bronchoscopy Unit, located in level-3 of the main building, offers the latest procedure and monitoring equipment for bronchoscopy procedure, which provides maximum accuracy, quality and safety for patients. Bronchoscopy is performed utilizing the services of expert doctors and medical team, as well as anaesthesiologists, to provide intravenous sedation to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. The Unit provides patients and their families with the highest level of comfort, privacy and convenience, before, during and after the examination. After the procedure, the patient can rest for a few hours in our Day Care Unit, located opposite the Bronchoscopy Unit.
APPOINTMENTS FOR BRONCHOSCOPY
For further information and appointments for gastrointestinal endoscopy or bronchoscopy, please contact us at the following numbers:
PREPARATION FOR BRONCHOSCOPY
Do not eat or drink anything 6 - 12 hours before the test. The doctor may also advice the patient to avoid any aspirin, ibuprofen, or other blood-thinning drugs before the procedure.
During bronchoscopy, the patient is asked to lie down on his/her back. Local anaesthesia is given to relax the throat muscles. The bronchoscope is then passed through the patient’s mouth or nose, through the windpipe (trachea), and then into the lungs. Until the anaesthesia begins to work, patient may feel fluid running down the back of the throat and have the need to cough or gag. Once the anaesthesia takes effect, patient may have sensations of pressure or mild tugging as the tube moves through the windpipe (trachea). Please note that there is NO risk of suffocation. If the patient coughs during the exam, more anaesthesia will be given.
The tiny camera at the tip of the bronchoscope transmits images of the respiratory tract to a video monitor for the doctor to examine. If abnormalities are found in the respiratory tract, the doctor may record images for later examination. The doctor can also insert instruments through the channel to take tissue samples (biopsies) or remove polyps or foreign objects, guided by images on the monitor. After the examination, the bronchoscope is slowly retracted back through the same channel.
After Bronchoscopy, the patient will be taken to our Day Care Unit (opposite the Bronchoscopy Unit) to rest. Patient may stay at this unit for an hour or so, depending on his/her situation. This allows the health care team to monitor the patient as the sedative begins to wear off. After the sedative wears off, the throat may feel scratchy. The cough reflex will return in 1 - 2 hours. The patient will not be allowed to eat or drink until his/her cough reflex returns.
Once at home, the patient may experience sore throat, cough and hoarseness for the first few days. The patient should rest for the rest of the day and take it easy during the first few days. The doctor should be called right away if the patient develops a fever, has chest pain or trouble breathing, or coughs up more than a few tablespoons of blood.Sore throat or rectum
IMPORTANT POINTS ABOUT TESTS/PROCEDURES/SURGERIES, YOUR REPORTS & BILLING ENQUIRIES
- To schedule a test/investigation, please call the relevant OPD front desks.
- Your lab investigation samples are to be deposited in the Sample Collection Room located in the hospital’s atrium, which is open on working days (Saturday-Thursday) from 7.00 am to 10:00 pm, and on Fridays and holidays from 7.00 am to 3.00 pm.
- Your investigation reports can be collected from Report Delivery Room by showing the receipt of payment. The hospital shall not be responsible for reports not collected within 30 days after the tests were done. Report Delivery Room is also located in the hospital’s atrium, and is open on working days (Saturday-Thursday) from 8.00 am to 8.30 pm, and on Fridays and holidays from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
- You will not be able to collect your investigation reports without your receipt of payment. If you have lost your receipt, you may collect a duplicate copy from our Billing Executives (Corporate Desk, Atrium - level 1).
- You can request duplicate copy of your investigation reports from the Report Delivery Room, inclusive of BDT 100 additional charge.
- Procedures & Surgeries:
- If you are interested in undergoing a procedure or surgery, please see our relevant Consultant first.
- To search for a Consultant, go to Find Consultant page and for appointments, go to Make Appointment page.
- In-patient Reports
- A Discharge Summaryis provided to a patient upon his/her discharge from the hospital. A discharge summary is a summary of the events during hospitalization of the patient. It outlines the patient's chief complaint, the diagnostic findings, the therapy administered and the patient's response to it, and recommendations on discharge.
- To request for detailed in-patient medical reports or to make an insurance claim, refer to our Medical Report page.
For queries on charges, contact our Billing Department (Corporate Desk, Atrium - level 1) or call/e-mail our Billing Executives: