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From Andrew Maynard - Chair of the University of Michigan Department of Environmental Health Sciences, with help from David Faulkner - 2013 Master of Public Health graduate.
Bronchoscopy does not usually cause any complications. For the first day or so, you might have these symptoms:
You can take acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen (such as Advil) for these symptoms.
Avoid vigorous exercise for the first week after surgery. You can go back to your other activities as soon as you feel ready.
Nice To Know
When To Call The Doctor
Call your doctor or go to the emergency room if you:
Bronchoscopy is a safe procedure. Complications are rare and may include:
Bronchoscopy is more likely to cause a problem in people with these conditions:
Bronchoscopy does not require follow-up care or rehabilitation. If the doctor has obtained enough information to diagnose your breathing problem, you can start treatment right away.
Occasionally, people need a more invasive procedure such as:
Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS