Diagnostics

Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)

endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA), endobronchial ultrasound bronchoscopy.

At The London Clinic we provide a private endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) service. One of our world class specialists will see you at our private state-of-the-art clinic near Harley Street. Why wait? Start your treatment journey today. 

 

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What is it for?

Examination and tissue biopsy of the lungs

Overview

Endobronchial ultrasound allows your specialist to collect tissue samples and check the condition of your lungs and upper digestive system for any abnormalities. 

Your specialist may suggest you have an endobronchial ultrasound so they can:

  • Diagnose the root cause of any pain
  • Diagnose conditions such as sarcoidosis or tuberculosis
  • Investigate any abnormalities that have shown up on your scans, such as an MRI
  • Assess the size and stage of any tumours more accurately
  • Check if any tumours have spread or progressed to your lymph nodes
  • Deliver medication directly to your tissues

An endobronchial ultrasound is a same day procedure that takes place in one of our private, state-of-the-art endoscopy theatres near Harley Street.

By choosing The London Clinic, you’ll get a more compassionate and connected kind of care, from enhanced pre-admission through to aftercare and follow up. 

Contact us today, so you can start your treatment journey and get back to the life you love. 

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Why choose The London Clinic

Excellence in one place

We operate as teams of experts with world-class resources dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of medical care. You are surrounded by the latest treatments and advice with everything you need to get back to your best health.

Personal care, every time

Exceptional patient care is a way of life for us. Our nurses, clinicians and support teams are dedicated to the care of a very small number of patients, so have more time for you. They’ll be with you every step of the way, tailoring your care around you and giving the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you’re in the best hands.

Effortlessly simple

We work together as one to guide you through each step of your experience, with complexities unravelled and answers readily to hand. Your personal treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.

What's included in your package?

Choosing The London Clinic means your treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.

 

Your treatment package will include:

  • Enhanced pre-admission assessment
  • Your treatment with our complete care team at your fingertips
  • Personalised aftercare and follow-up

We want you to be in control of your health. That’s why we also offer optional services such as comprehensive recovery packages and extra touches for you to choose from during your stay with us.

How to pay

  • You can use private medical insurance (PMI) to access this treatment. We work with all major PMI providers in the UK and many internationally
  • You can pay for yourself (self-pay)
  • If you’re paying for yourself, we have finance options available with Chrysalis
     

FAQs

At The London Clinic an endobronchial ultrasound is a same-day procedure that normally takes around 45 minutes. 

Your specialist will offer you medication to help you sleep and relax before the procedure.

They will also use a local anaesthetic spray to numb your vocal chords and windpipe to make you feel more comfortable.

Your specialist begins the procedure by gently placing a thin, camera-tipped flexible tube, called a bronchoscope into your lungs or upper digestive system via your mouth and windpipe. 

During the procedure, the bronchoscope relays high-quality images of your tissues to a nearby computer screen. 

The bronchoscope can be used with an attachment to help your specialist take a tissue sample (biopsy).

Your specialist will check the lining of your lungs, nearby lymph nodes and take small tissue samples (biopsies) if necessary.

After the procedure, your care team will take you to the recovery suite so they can safely monitor you while you wake up.

An endobronchial ultrasound is an advanced way to check the condition of your lungs, lymph nodes and surrounding structures.

It allows your specialist to look in detail at your organs and take samples (biopsies) of any tissue that looks cancerous or abnormal, so they can treat it early on.

Endobronchial ultrasound can also diagnose hard to reach tumours including ones located next to the bronchus (airway between the lung and windpipe).

Having an endobronchial ultrasound speeds up diagnosis so your specialist can start your treatment sooner.

After your investigation you will recover in the comfort of The London Clinic Endoscopy Unit, until the sedative has worn off.  

For twenty four hours after, you must not drive or operate machinery.

Because an endobronchial ultrasound is minimally invasive you should feel okay after a day or two.

Most people find they can go back to work and carry on with normal activities soon after the procedure. 

Your throat may feel a little bit sore for a day or two after the procedure and you may feel a little bit sleepy for a few hours immediately after.

You’ll need to wait a few hours before you eat or drink because your throat will be numb from the anaesthetic spray. 

Your care team will advise you on how you can look after yourself following your endobronchial ultrasound.

At The London Clinic, the specialists who carry out the endobronchial ultrasound are experts in their field. 

During your same day procedure your dedicated care team will look after you and make sure you have everything you need.

The 45 minutes procedure will take place in one of our private state-of-the-art endoscopy theatres near Harley Street.

To make you feel more comfortable while you’re with us, we offer extra touches like a personalised food menu and concierge service.

Once you’re ready to leave The London Clinic, we’ll give you advice to follow to make sure you recover safely at home. 

If you need transportation home after the procedure we can arrange a taxi for you.

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