Singing River Health System offers comprehensive diagnostic and interventional bronchoscopy Service at both Singing River Hospital and Ocean Springs Hospital in the endoscopy suites. Bronchoscopy is also performed at the bedside for critically ill patients in the ICU.
Bronchoscopies are performed by one of our pulmonologists. During bronchoscopy, patients benefit from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team consisting of the staff pulmonologist, nursing staff, respiratory therapists and anesthesia staff working in collaboration to assure patient safety and quality of care while the physician is performing the procedure and obtaining the appropriate samples.
Bronchoscopy is used for direct visualization of the bronchial tree – to obtain alveolar samples for microbiology and cytology and to obtain biopsies to diagnose malignancy and other inflammatory lung conditions such as sarcoidosis and pulmonary fibrosis. All standard bronchoscopy procedures like endobronchial and transbronchial biopsies, foreign body retrieval, and Wang needle biopsies are utilized and provided.
Singing River Health System pulmonary services also offers Endo-Bronchial Ultra-Sound (EBUS) – a high quality procedure used in conjunction with bronchoscopy for better localization of chest tumors and higher yield of sampling. EBUS is used for making a diagnosis of mediastinal lesions. It is also used for determining the stage of lung cancer. It is much less invasive than the routine thoracic surgery mediastinoscopy. It is performed through outpatient surgery and is very well tolerated by patients. We are currently the only health system on the Mississippi Gulf Coast that is able to provide this service.