Airway

Airway Foreign Body Removals

Bronchoscopy is the standard method for removal of a non-obstructing airway foreign body. A scope is inserted into the airway to view the airway and locate the foreign body. When the object is found, specially designed forceps are inserted into the airway through the bronchoscope to retrieve the object.


Bronchial Resections

Surgery to remove a lung tumor in a lobe of the lung and a part of the main bronchus (airway). The ends of the bronchus are rejoined and any remaining lobes are reattached to the bronchus. This surgery is done to save part of the lung. Also called a sleeve lobectomy.


Bronchial Stents

Stents are self-expanding wire tubes that are often used to expand a portion of the airway (bronchus) that may be compressed by either a malignant or benign process. After placement the patient may once again clear secretions and possibly breathe more comfortably.


Bronchoscopy

Bronchoscopy is a technique of visualizing the inside of the airways for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. An instrument (bronchoscope) is inserted into the airways, usually through the nose or mouth, or occasionally through a tracheostomy. This allows the practitioner to examine the patient's airways for abnormalities such as foreign bodies, bleeding, tumors, or inflammation. Specimens may be taken from inside the lungs. The construction of bronchoscopes ranges from rigid metal tubes with attached lighting devices to flexible optical fiber instruments with real time video equipment.