What is Rigid Bronchoscopy?
Rigid Bronchoscopy is a procedure used to gain access to the patient’s airway and allows the passage of larger airway instruments and cameras to diagnose and treat airway disease. This form of bronchoscopy is done by highly-trained specialists.
Why is it used?
It allows the pulmonary physician better airway access.
Instruments, or airway devices, can be inserted through this rigid device.
Infections, cancers, inflammatory conditions, sarcoidosis, and lymphoma can all be diagnosed by bronchoscopy
Rigid bronchoscope can also be used to treat airway obstruction, airway narrowing (stenosis), airway cancers, bleeding, or remove foreign bodies or aspirated objects
What Makes Rigid Bronchoscopy Different?
The patient always requires general anaesthesia.
Air (ventilation) can be delivered to the patient using a rigid scope.
Benefits of Rigid Bronchoscopy?
The airway is secure during the procedure.
Allows for larger biopsies, tamponade (stop) bleeding areas, removal of airway tumours and foreign objects, and deploying airway devices, such as tracheobronchial stents to keep collapsing airways open.