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Your doctor will explain the reasons for your bronchoscopy, the procedure and outline any special instructions. Your doctor's office will notify you of your appointment date and time.
Please bring with you a list of your current medications. This includes prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamin or mineral supplements and herbal remedies.
You can have NOTHING to eat or drink from midnight the night before your bronchoscopy. Medications can be taken with a sip of water unless you are instructed otherwise by your doctor. Your doctor may tell you to stop certain medications (such as blood thinners) prior to your bronchoscopy. Please ask your doctor or respirologist if you are uncertain about which medication to take or stop.
You will be sedated during this procedure. A friend or family member will be instructed on how to care for you after the exam and be required to drive and/or accompany you home. They can also help you gather information, take notes and ask questions.
When you arrive at the Endoscopy Unit, check in at the reception desk. Please have the following ready:
Please arrive at least 30-45 minutes before your appointment.
When you check in, the receptionist will give you a name band to wear. The nurse will call you when it is time for your bronchoscopy. You will be asked to change into a hospital gown. There are lockers for your clothes in the change area, but you should keep your valuables with you.
A nurse and a respiratory therapist will prepare you for the bronchoscopy by setting up a temporary IV for you. You'll get medication to help you relax, sleep and stay comfortable during the procedure.
During the bronchoscopy, samples can be obtained from your lungs by washing, biopsy or brushing.
You may resume eating and/or drinking TWO HOURS after the freezing has been given. Start slowly with sips of water and make sure you don't cough or gag when swallowing.
You may have a sore throat, slight hoarseness, a dry cough or tickle in your throat for a day or two. You may use lozenges or gargle with warm salt water as necessary. It is not unusual to have a slight rise in temperature after the procedure. If the fever persists longer than a day, you should notify your physician. Coughing up blood, particularly after a biopsy, is not uncommon. This should subside in several hours but if it continues you should call your doctor.
It is recommended you go home and rest after your bronchoscopy.
Contact your doctor or go to the nearest Emergency Department if you develop the following new or severe symptoms:
UHN Discharge Instructions for Patients Following Bronchoscopy will be given to you with instructions and what to expect after your procedure.
At the end of your procedure, the doctor will speak to you and your family member or friend and explain any follow-up procedures and what you can expect.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don't be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
Preparation for the procedure takes about half an hour with the actual bronchoscopy taking about 30 minutes. You will remain in the recovery room for an additional 30-60 min upon which the nurse will determine when it is safe for you to be discharged. In some situations, a
chest x-ray may be required after your bronchoscopy (to be determined by the doctor).
We do everything that we can to stay on time. Unfortunately, your appointment may be delayed by unforeseen circumstances.