After bronchoscopy, you'll need to stay at the hospital or clinic for up to a few hours. If your doctor uses a bronchoscope with a rigid tube, the recovery time is longer. While you're at the clinic or hospital:
After recovery, you'll need someone to drive you home because you'll be too sleepy to drive.
If samples of tissue or fluid were taken during the procedure, they'll be tested in a laboratory (lab). Talk to your doctor about when you'll get the lab results.
Your doctor will let you know when you can return to your normal activities, such as driving, working, and physical activity.
For the first few days, you may have a sore throat, cough, and hoarseness. Call your doctor right away if you:
Clinical trials are research studies that explore whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective for humans. To find clinical trials that are currently underway for Bronchoscopy, visit www.clinicaltrials.gov.
November 20, 2013
Gary H. Gibbons
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