Laser Laryngoscopy and Bronchoscopy

Also known as: microscopic laser laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy, microlaryngoscopy and bronchoscopy.

What is laser laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy?

A laryngoscopy is a medical procedure used to examine and diagnose potential problems with the larynx, while a bronchoscopy does the same for the lungs and windpipe. With laser laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy a laser is used to make tiny incisions in the larynx or windpipe in order to treat potential problems.

What happens during the procedure?

Laser laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy is guided by a laryngoscope or a bronchoscope. Both are thin, flexible tubes with cameras on the ends that can be used to examine the larynx or windpipe, respectively. Then a device called a CO2 laser is used to make microscopic incisions in the larynx or windpipe, or eradicate tissue in order to treat problems in this part of the body.

Is any special preparation needed? 

A number of diagnostic test are often required before a laser laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy. The procedure is not right for everyone.

What are the risk factors? 

Infection, bleeding, pain and injury to surrounding organs and tissues are potential risks of laser laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy.


Reviewed by: Brian Ho, MD

This page was last updated on: 7/9/2018 4:02:08 PM

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