Surgical Associates
of Ithaca, P.C.

Cayuga Professional Center
1301 Trumansburg Rd
Ithaca, New York 14850
(607) 273-3161


Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy

The diagnostic procedure you are about to have is a relatively simple test done with a very sophisticated piece of equipment known as a fiberoptic bronchoscope.

To better understand how the procedure is done, a basic knowledge of the lung anatomy is helpful. The airway transport system of the lungs might be compared to the truncal system of a tree (but hollow) with the base comparable to the trachea (main windpipe) and the tree dividing into left and right trunks (bronchi). From that point on there are many divisions and subdivisions like branches going to various lobes of the lung.

With a flexible tube, about half the diameter of a pencil, and under a topical anesthetic (numbing the area) your surgeon can see the inside of this amazing tracheal-bronchial “tree” and obtain samples to determine if any disease is present.

The entire exam usually takes twenty to thirty minutes, and you can breathe quite normally during the procedure, though coughing is common.

A spray anesthetic will be administered at the time of the procedure. No other sedation is necessary.

Please do not eat or drink anything after midnight the morning before your procedure.

Someone should accompany you to the hospital, as you may not want to drive home.

Stay away from food or drink for at least an hour after the procedure.

You may resume normal activity.

It is not unusual to cough up a little blood after this procedure.

If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to call our office at 273-3161.