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What to Expect for a Bronchoscopy

Types of anesthesia

Topical local anesthetics with/without sedation or general anesthesia. You may or may not know what is going on when the surgery starts. Occasionally, you may experience sore throat after procedure but it should improve over the next 24 hours after surgery.

Day of discharge

You can be discharged the same day or stay in hospital based on your current condition.

What to expect after procedure

  • You may need a chest X-ray done
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Numbness at your throat

Activities (Please follow the detailed instructions given by your doctor)

  • No operating machinery after procedure for 24 hour
  • Any activities will be depending on the site and extent of the surgery

When to contact a doctor

  • Fever
  • Chest pain
  • Have trouble breathing
  • Coughing blood