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Bronchoscopy is an investigation to examine your airways, identify abnormalities, and take biopsies for expert analysis.

The London Clinic’s respiratory physicians are highly-skilled in bronchoscopy. The clinic has a state-of-the-art bronchoscopy suite, offering fibre-optic, flexible bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound, and auto-fluorescence bronchoscopy, which can detect lung cancer at an earlier stage.

The London Clinic provides bronchoscopy in a private, comfortable, and calm environment. With the very latest equipment and care by an expert multidisciplinary team, our patients have given the Endoscopy Unit a satisfaction rating of between 98 and 100%.

What is bronchoscopy?

Bronchoscopy is a minimally-invasive procedure in which an expert respiratory physician examines your airways and lungs using a flexible scope, with a digital camera attached. Biopsies or fluid washes of the cells can be taken and checked in the laboratory. 

Who can benefit from bronchoscopy?

The London Clinic's consultants use bronchoscopy to investigate symptoms, diagnose lung conditions, and screen for disease. Common reasons for bronchoscopy include: 

  • Chest infection: The physician can take a mucous sample for analysis and use the bronchoscope to clear mucous from your airways. s 
  • Coughing up blood: The specialist can look inside your airways to identify bleeding points, check for cancer, and take biopsies.
  • Abnormal investigations: If you have had an abnormal chest X-ray or CT scan, bronchoscopy can be used to get more detailed information about the health of your breathing passages and to take samples.
  • Persistent cough: If you have a chronic cough that has not responded to treatment, your consultant may examine the airways and take biopsies to determine the cause. 
  • Noisy breathing: Problems with the airways or the vocal cords can cause noisy breathing. Bronchoscopy can help diagnose the underlying problem so that you can have the right treatment. 
  • Foreign body: The physicians can remove inhaled foreign objects like peanuts through the bronchoscope.

Treatment options

The London Clinic offers a comprehensive range of investigations for lung conditions. A chest x-ray and CT scan can also give information about the cause of your problem. However, they do not enable direct inspection and sample taking.

The London Clinic also offers virtual bronchoscopy, a high-tech technique that uses CT scan data to construct an image of the airways and can visualise even tiny lung tumors.

Bronchoscopy consultation at The London Clinic

The experienced respiratory physicians will assess and advise you in The London Clinic’s comfortable, private, and well-equipped consulting rooms. They will take a detailed medical history, examine your chest, and ask about the impact your symptoms have on your health, wellbeing, and quality of life.

Your consultant may arrange tests and investigations in the cutting-edge imaging suite. These may include:

  • Blood tests to check for underlying conditions, infection, kidney function and anaemia 
  • Chest X-ray
  • CT scan

In consultation with you, your consultant will then plan your admission for bronchoscopy and advise you about any preparation needed. They will take the time to answer all your questions. The London Clinic is the only independent, private clinic providing a Saturday service for bronchoscopy; we are dedicated to offering our patients the latest investigations and greater flexibility and choice over when to access them

Bronchoscopy at The London Clinic

Your consultant will perform the bronchoscopy as an outpatient procedure, so you will not need to stay in hospital overnight. At The London Clinic, sedation is usually used during bronchoscopy to reduce discomfort and anxiety. The expert anaesthetist gives this intravenously and monitors you throughout the procedure. You will feel relaxed but still conscious.

Your respiratory physician will spray a local anaesthetic in your mouth to numb your throat. They will then insert a thin, flexible tube into your mouth. They will pass the into the trachea and down into the lungs. You may feel pressure and the need to cough, but it should not be painful. 

There is a small digital camera on the end of the device, which relays high-quality images to a computer screen. Your consultant will use the scope to examine the airways and precisely take fluid or tissue samples using a specially-designed brush or a fine-needle.

Recovery and aftercare

After your investigation, you will recover in the comfort and privacy of The London Clinic Endoscopy Unit, until the sedation has worn off and you are alert and well. 

You will need an escort to take you home and to stay with you overnight. You should avoid alcohol and shouldn’t drive, work or operate machinery for 24 hours, as you won’t be as mentally sharp as usual until the sedative has passed through your system. Most people can return to work the next day unless told otherwise by their consultant.

Your consultant will be able to discuss their visual findings as soon as you feel alert and prepared. They may then arrange an appointment to discuss the results of any biopsies. Pathology laboratory results are usually available in 3 to 4 working days. They will take time to explain your diagnosis, address any worries that you have, and plan a personalised treatment strategy.

Why choose The London Clinic?

The London Clinic is dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with over 600 world-renowned consultants available to offer informed health advice and treatment.

Spanning Harley Street and Devonshire Place, The London Clinic is situated in the heart of London’s internationally-known medical district. This central location, together with state-of-the art technologies and facilities that are not widely available in other hospitals, makes The London Clinic the hospital of choice for around 120,000 patients every year.

The London Clinic is an HTA licensed and JACIE accredited cancer centre with an ‘Excellent’ MacMillan Quality Environment Mark and with access to a Level 3 intensive care unit.

Offering affordable and competitive self-pay packages and expert support from Clinical Nurse Specialists and our specialised multidisciplinary team, over 98% of our patients said they would recommend The London Clinic to their friends and families.

Treatment cost

The London Clinic offers affordable, competitive self-pay packages for certain treatments.

Patients have the option to spread the cost of treatment with Chrysalis Finance.

Please call +44 (0)20 3613 7502 to speak to our helpful team to find out more and to book an appointment.

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