... so he referred me to a pulmonary doctor. This doctor wanted to do a bronchosopy so he could find out what it was so I had that done. He said it was an infection and wanted me to see an infectious disease doctor which I did. ... (237 replies)
... She had two scans and a x ray and the Pumologist said that it's probably just something that is due to a cold when she was younger but he said he would do a Bronchosopy anyway to make sure there are no foreign objects down there. ... (2 replies)
I wondered about the front/back thing too. I was worried they'd have to split my chest open, but thankfully, they go through the back. (10 replies)
... Surely hope everything goes well with you tomorrow and hope you get good results from the surgery. Let me know how you feel after you have had time to recuperate from the surgery. Do they go in from the front of your body or the back? I have an appointment tomorrow with my pulmonologist. I'll see again what he says about surgery and if he thinks I need it.Take care and... (10 replies)
... Ann, I'm having the surgery tomorrow, 4/19, and it is for the bronchiectasis. I'll bring up that thread if it's still here. (10 replies)
Did you have the surgery and was it for the bronchieactasis that you have? I also have bronchieactasis but haven't decided on having surgery. Thanks. Ann (10 replies)
... Thanks Idolson. Im glad the following bronchs were easier than the first for you. Hope you are doing well now.
Thanks for the tips. I am going to make sure that they do numb my throat and also make sure the gag reflex is gone before they do it. I hope it is useful and that they can make a diagnosis.
Tesss (10 replies)
... Unlike Mango, my sedation was more of a relaxation thing. I did not go to sleep during the procedures. I was pretty tired a couple of hours later.
A tracheal block is where they actually come at you with a needle and push it through your neck into your trachea to try to numb it that way. Not pleasant when you are awake.
I had what is referred to as subglottic... (10 replies)
... My first procedure helped the doctor make the original diagnosis of bronchiectasis and discount cancer, which is a bad news/good news thing. The second procedure was in the same region and helped convince me to try surgery next. It was also nice to hear that there still wasn't any cancer.
The sedation is really nice. It's not like waking up from surgery with a big headache... (10 replies)
... Hey thanks a lot for the replies. Im having a flexible bronchoscopy - he said that I would have sedation but not a general anaesthetic. I have also got an inner ear disorder, just hoping that the sedation doesn't make that flare up. Ive got mine in the afternoon, I assume that I will be alright the next day to go to work?
Idolson, when you say a tracheal block, what... (10 replies)
... I've had two and both were very easy. I don't know what type they were, but biopsies were taken in both. I've had sinus surgery before and that makes it easier for the Doctor to get the tube through my nose, but truthfully, the procedure was nothing. I felt like I took a great nap. I coughed a little blood later, but no big deal. I was very relaxed going into the second one... (10 replies)
There are two different kinds of bronchoscopies. A flexible or a rigid one. For a rigid one, you would be under general anesthesia. For a flexible one they will sedate you a little bit. It is very, very important for them to numb you completely. My very first bronch was a nightmare because I was not sufficiently numbed. They ended up having to do a tracheal... (10 replies)
Just wonder if any of you have had a bronchoscopy and how it was? Im having one in a week because I have shortness of breath and they don't know why.
Were you very aware throughout the proceedure and did you gag? How long before you felt alright afterwards?
Tesss (10 replies)
... Not to scare you, but your symptoms are similar to mine. I have MAC (Mycrobacterium Avium Complex, see other MAC posts). I started out with a lung X-ray which showed nodules, possible lung problems, followed up by a lung scan. The lung scan showed other areas of concern. My pulmonary doc thought I had MAC (bacterial lung infection) but would watch it and not put me on meds... (3 replies)
... The diagnosis is based on the results of the bronchosopy. She has had no reaction to yesterday's skin test; it will be read tomorrow. Supposedly it takes two or more weeks to culture the specimens in order to determine the type of TB....I am at a loss, especially after going online and reading about TB. And no, she isn't on any meds yet; again, that will be determined in... (4 replies)
... ray, then on to a CT scan and ended with a bronchosopy because the doc thought she had cancer. No cancer, but a TB diagnosis. Has anyone had any experience with this? ... (4 replies)