A Navigational Bronchoscopy is the combination of advanced imaging and electromagnetic navigation for the purpose of finding and treating cancer of the lung area. The electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy allows 75% of lung cancer and lung disease to be detected earlier, even before there are symptoms. A Navigational Bronchoscopy may be used to:
- Get excess fluids from the chest or air passages by suction
- Control airway bleeding
- Place stents in the airway
- Treat tumors with radiation
A Balloon Bronchoscopy may be used as part of the Navigational Bronchoscopy to open airways that are closed.
Reasons for a Navigational Bronchoscopy
The Bronchoscopy can only reach so far. When a more invasive form is required to reach hidden or buried tumors the Navigational Bronchoscopy is necessary.
How do I get ready for a Navigational Bronchoscopy?
You will not be able to eat or drink after midnight. Check with the Doctor about your medications. Some may need to be stopped while others may be taken with small amounts of water.
What is it going to be like?
The hospital staff will monitor your vitals, breathing and oxygen. A small amount of a sedative will be administered to make you sleepy and comfortable. You will lie on your back and a small tube with a camera attached will be inserted into your airways.
Are there any risks?
Patients are observed until they are awake and able to return home. There is a slight risk of bleeding or pneumothorax (collapsed lung). The risk is about the same as the traditional bronchoscopy
So what happens after?
You will be monitored until you are fully awake and able to return home with the person who brought you. An appointment will be set up to talk with your Doctor to discuss the findings and treatments available. If you experience breathing problems or bleeding contact your Doctor’s office immediately.Talk to us