Lung cancer can be detected at the earliest stages with advanced technology and robotic-assisted bronchoscopy in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Pulmonologists use a bronchoscopy to examine your lungs, obtain samples of mucus or tissue, biopsy nodules to check for cancer, remove foreign bodies or to provide treatment for lung problems.
The benefits of robotic-assisted bronchoscopy include:
There are no incisions, so there's a lower risk of infection.
With robotic technology, the bronchoscopy scopes are smaller and more flexible than standard scopes. Using a CT scan of the your lungs, the pulmonologist is able to navigate the complex, interwoven network of airway passages with increased precision to reach nodules, even when they're touching critical organs like the heart, to get bigger tissue samples.
Lung nodules can be reached and biopsied that previously couldn't, eliminating the watch-and-wait approach, providing you with answers the same day as your procedure.
You need only one procedure and anesthetic to receive a diagnosis and stage of the lung disease, decreasing time from diagnosis to treatment, so you can receive the care you need faster.
Watch this video to learn more about the advantages of robotic bronchoscopy:
Watch this video to learn what to expect during a robotic bronchoscopy procedure:
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