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					Rigid Bronchoscopy Instructions
UCI Medical Center

Rigid Bronchoscopy
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Rigid Bronchoscopy is a procedure used to examine the tracheobronchial tree in order to remove tissue, dilate areas of airway narrowing, or insert prostheses (also known as stents) to treat airway obstruction. Procedures are performed in the operating room under general anesthesia, and may involve the additional use of flexible bronchoscopy and lasers.

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Prior to the Procedure
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Prior to the procedure, you will have an appointment with your physician during which a physical examination will be performed and additional tests may be ordered as warranted.

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Some of these tests may be performed on the morning of your procedure.

Pre Procedure Tests
Tests may include: Electrocardiogram (EKG) Pulmonary Function Tests Chest X-ray or CT Scan Blood Tests

Our Team
Our medical staff will provide you with a detailed description of the procedure, answer your questions, and ask you to sign an informed consent form.

Very Important!
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DON’T EAT, DRINK OR SMOKE AFTER MIDNIGHT THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE. YOU SHOULD, HOWEVER, TAKE PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS WITH SIPS OF WATER. PLEASE ARRIVE 2 HOUR PRIOR TO YOUR PROCEDURE START TIME BECAUSE OF THE ANESTHESIA, FOR YOUR SAFETY AND AS REQUIRED BY LAW, YOU MUST HAVE A RESPONSIBLE, CARING ADULT TO DRIVE YOU HOME. YOU MAY ALSO HAVE TO SPEND THE NIGHT IN THE HOSPITAL.

Location
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University of California Irvine Medical Center 101 The City Drive Orange, CA 92868 Hospital Operator (714) 456-6011 We are very close to Angel Stadium where I-5, the 22 and 57 meet Exit 1-5 at The City Drive Turn West toward the ocean and then left on Medical Center Drive

Directions
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Please report to the UCI Medical Center Main Lobby Discounted validated Valet parking is available.

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Bring your parking ticket to the receptionist for validation.

Before the Procedure
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Before the procedure, you will be asked to wear a hospital gown. An intravenous catheter will be inserted. Inform the nurse of any allergies you may have, and which medications you are taking.

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Bring a list of your current medications with dosages.

During the Procedure
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During the procedure, monitors will be placed to measure your blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation.

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General anesthesia will be administered by the anesthesiologist. Procedures take 1-2 hours to complete.

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After the Procedure
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After the procedure, you will be cared for in the recovery area for at least two hours You will be wearing an oxygen mask

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Monitors will be on your arm and finger. You may need a chest x-ray or bronchodilator breathing treatment. You should not eat or drink anything for at least two hours after the procedure. You will then be transferred to the same day surgery patient observation area or you could be discharged home

Discharge
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Discharge from the hospital or procedural area will occur when you are stable and feeling well. Again, for your safety and as required by state law, you must have someone drive you home.

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Results and recommendations from the procedure will be mailed or faxed to you, your referring and primary care physicians. We will call you for a follow-up appointment if further care is necessary.

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Post Procedure Contact
Call us at (714) 456-5150 or speak to our staff at (714) 456-8814 if you have any questions or if you experience any of the following:  Increased or new shortness of breath and difficulty breathing  Increased or new chest pain  Increased or new blood in your sputum when you cough  Increased or new fever and chills  Increased or new shortness of breath and difficulty breathing  Increased or new chest pain  Increased or new blood in your sputum when you cough  Increased or new fever and chills

After normal office hours, call the hospital operator at (714) 456-6011 and ask to page the Pulmonary Fellow on call.

Thank you
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For choosing UCI Medical Center for your care.  The only Medical Center in Orange County designated as one of America’s Best Hospitals 2001-2005  Our Physicians, Best Doctors in America  Honored as one of 100 Magnet Hospitals for excellence in Nursing


				
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