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We offer a multidisciplinary approach for patients at Mercy Redding Medical Center. We provide comprehensive pleural care and have skilled physicians, knowledgeable about numerous advanced bronchoscopy procedures. We encourage you to learn all you can about your disease so you can partner with us in treating and managing your condition.
This innovative technology outlines a dynamic map to the target nodule located in the periphery of the lung. A 3D map of your lung is generated using special computer software. A CT scan of chest with navigation bronchoscopy protocol is required for this procedure.
A specialized bronchoscope (a long, flexible tube) with a small ultrasound attached at its tip allows for real time biopsy of lymph glands and tumors located adjacent to the airway. The procedure is now the standard of care for simultaneous diagnosis and staging of lung cancer. The procedure is performed under moderate sedation or general anesthesia.
We perform both flexible and rigid pleuroscopy to diagnose and treat pleural diseases. Only an 8 millimeter incision is made between two ribs to pass the scope into the pleural space. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and conscious sedation.
Pleural catheters are used to treat patients who have chronic fluid build-up in their pleural cavity, or pleural effusion. Patients who elect to have a catheter placed in their chest can drain the fluid themselves in the comfort of their home – reducing or eliminating the need for frequent trips to the doctor’s office.
Cryotherapy ablation allows for the treatment of benign and malignant processes by applying liquid nitrogen to the affected tissues.
We use specific airway balloons deployed through a flexible bronchoscope to dilate airway stenosis. This may be used alone or in a combination with other therapies.
A flexible scope with a camera and light source at its tip allows for direct examination of the voice box and airway to diagnose and treat lung diseases like chronic cough, bleeding in the airway, foreign body aspiration, etc. The procedure is performed under conscious sedation and also general anesthesia.
Different bronchoscopy equipment is used in removal of aspirated foreign objects in the airway depending upon the location, size, texture and shape of the object.
For more information, please call our Respiratory Care office at (530) 225-7075 seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.