Surgery isn't always the best option when you’re facing a complex lung condition. To make an accurate diagnosis or treat a difficult illness, we offer advanced procedures which are less invasive than other surgical options. These include:
- Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) and navigational bronchoscopy utilizes state-of-the-art equipment to find small pulmonary nodules, masses or lymph nodes for biopsy. Our current navigation equipment, Archimedes, can access small nodules with or without an approaching airway. With these minimally invasive biopsies, we can make an accurate diagnosis and develop a personalized treatment plan. In many instances, you can avoid a more invasive surgical biopsy.
- Laser bronchoscopy, cryotherapy and argon plasma coagulation are procedures used to clear malignant and benign airway obstructions. A bronchoscope is inserted into your airway and then the thermal device destroys the obstruction. We perform over 200 thermal ablative bronchoscopic procedures each year.
- Airway (endobronchial) stenting is a technique in which a stent is inserted in your central airway to keep it open and allow you to breathe easier. This procedure is performed under conscious sedation or general anesthesia, depending on your needs and condition. We are one of the highest volume centers in the country performing endobronchial stenting.
- Tunneled pleural catheter insertion is a component of our comprehensive management for malignant pleural disease. We also perform diagnostic and therapeutic thoracentesis on an urgent basis for treatment of dyspnea related to pleural fluid.