A Robotic-Assisted Lung Biopsy is a minimally invasive medical procedure that uses advanced robotic technology, such as the Ion Bronchoscopy System, to collect tissue samples from the lungs. It offers precision and access to small nodules or abnormalities within the lung airways, often as small as a pea. This procedure helps doctors diagnose and assess lung conditions, such as cancer, without the need for traditional surgery, providing patients with more accurate and less invasive diagnostic options.
At Integra Health PC, we understand that receiving a diagnosis can be a daunting journey, especially when you’re faced with the uncertainty of a suspicious lung nodule. If you or a loved one has recently learned of such a nodule, you’re not alone. Millions of people in the U.S. encounter this situation every year, and while most nodules turn out to be benign, it’s crucial to explore all your options to ensure your peace of mind and health.
Your physician may recommend additional procedures to confirm the diagnosis, and one such option is robotic-assisted bronchoscopy with the Ion Bronchoscopy System. This revolutionary technology enhances our ability to provide precise and minimally invasive lung biopsies. Here’s why our doctors may recommend this procedure to help you:
If you or a loved one is about to undergo a lung biopsy with the Ion Bronchoscopy System, understanding the procedure and planning ahead can be immensely helpful. Here’s what you can expect:
The most important step is discussing your procedure with our physician. Feel free to ask any questions you might have. Additionally:
You will likely experience some shortness of breath during and immediately following your procedure. This is a normal part of the process, but if you are concerned about your breathing, let your doctor know.
The procedure often causes coughing and discomfort in the throat. The doctor may provide additional medication to help you feel more comfortable during the procedure. If you have asthma or allergies, be sure to tell your doctor before the procedure. You may need to take steroid medication to help prevent an asthma attack.
Your recovery process may vary depending on your unique circumstances. Be sure to communicate your specific needs and lifestyle to our physician, who can provide personalized guidance. Here are some questions to ask: