Rigid Bronchoscopy is a mechanism that permits the physician enter to the airway and it also permits the access of larger instruments and cameras to determine and treat conditions in that area.
This allows the pulmonologist to have better access to the airway. In addition, airway devices, as well as instruments can be introduced through the rigid device. Bronchoscopy allows successful diagnosis of infections, cancers, inflammatory conditions, sarcoidosis, and lymphoma, among others. It can be used to treat obstructions of the airway, tracheal stenosis, cancers of the airway, bleeding, or even to remove objects aspirated or foreign to the organism.
Throughout the rigid bronchoscopy, patients always require general anesthesia. On the other hand, ventilation can be done using the rigid bronchoscope.
The benefits of carrying out this technique are many and varied. However, two main ones can be highlighted:
- The airway is safe throughout the procedure
- It let you plug arteries with bleeding, perform removal of tumors in the airway and foreign objects, as well as perform more important biopsies. It also allows the introduction airway devices such as tracheobronchial stents that do not let the airway collapse