Therapeutic Bronchoscopy

At GPA as part of our interventional pulmonology service, we perform Therapeutic Bronchoscopies.

Patients with partially or completely blocked airways from either cancer or other diseases that cause scar may need a therapeutic bronchoscopy.

Our interventional pulmonologists perform advanced bronchoscopic procedures for patients with a variety of tracheal or bronchial problems. Airway strictures, benign or malignant airway tumors, foreign bodies (that might have been aspirated), or other conditions that might block the airways can often be treated with therapeutic bronchoscopy. Additionally, patients who cough up blood often have airway problems that can be managed with bronchoscopy.

We utilize a variety of techniques during flexible and/or rigid bronchoscopic procedures to treat the underlying condition. Modalities include: Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC), electrocautery, cryo-probe ablation, topical chemotherapy, and all types of airway prosthetic (stents). Additionally, Drs. deKeratry and Fields are two of the first Interventional Pulmonologists in the United States to utilize cryo-spray ablation “True Freeze” technology which is intended to treat unwanted tissue (scars or tumors) and promote normal tissue healing. Some procedures are carried out under conscious sedation in an outpatient bronchoscopy suite, while other more complex procedures are performed with the patient under general anesthesia.

Interventional pulmonology is a specialized service and we often receive referrals from around the state as well as from outside of Texas. Please call our office anytime for questions at (512)819-0132.

Therapeutic bronchoscopy video

Overview of Liquid Nitrogen

 

True Freeze Console

True Freeze Console

True Freeze Catheter

True Freeze Catheter

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Cryo Probe.

Cryo Probe.

Cryo Probe.

Tracheal Stenosis.

Tracheal Stenosis.

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Airway Prothestics: Stents.

Airway Prothestics: Stents.

Airway Prothestics: Stents.

 

Clinical Summaries of Cryo-therapy in the Trachea and Bronchi