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Dr. William Miles Beary, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1500 State Street
Lexington, MO
 

Dr. William Beary is a critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist in Kansas City, MO, Lexington, MO, and Clinton, MO. Dr. Beary is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Beary's professional affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, and Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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All Interests: Tube Thoracostomy, Bronchoscopy, Polysomnography, Mechanical Ventilation, Pneumonia, Cystic ... (Read more)

Dr. Brian Peter Mieczkowski, DO
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
1500 State Street
Lexington, MO
 

Dr. Brian Mieczkowski's specialty is adult pulmonology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, and Lee's Summit Medical Center. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut, Dr. Mieczkowski attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. The average patient rating for Dr. Mieczkowski is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mieczkowski accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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All Interests: Tube Thoracostomy, Bronchoscopy, Polysomnography, Mechanical Ventilation, Intensive Care, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Neeta Rathi, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
1500 State Street
Lexington, MO
 

Dr. Neeta Gaur sees patients in Belton, MO, Kansas City, MO, and Lexington, MO. Her medical specialty is adult pulmonology. She is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. Dr. Gaur accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. She graduated from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and then she performed her residency at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and a hospital affiliated with Seton Hall University. Dr. Gaur's professional affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, and Lee's Summit Medical Center.

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All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Bronchoscopy, Polysomnography, Multiple Sleep Latency Test, Pneumonia, ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas A Beller, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1500 State Street
Lexington, MO
 

Dr. Thomas Beller specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. Dr. Beller is rated highly by his patients. His professional affiliations include Belton Regional Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, and Research Medical Center (Kansas City, MO). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Beller graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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All Interests: Tube Thoracostomy, Bronchoscopy, Polysomnography, Mechanical Ventilation, Pneumonia, Cystic ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael D Chacey, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
1500 State Street
Lexington, MO
 

Dr. Michael Chacey sees patients in Belton, MO, Lexington, MO, and Clinton, MO. His medical specialty is adult pulmonology. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chacey is professionally affiliated with Belton Regional Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, and Lee's Summit Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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What is Bronchoscopy?

Bronchoscopy is a procedure in which a thin tube with a camera, called a bronchoscope, is inserted in your mouth or nose and slowly advanced to your lungs. This allows your doctor to see your respiratory tract, which includes your throat, larynx (voice box), trachea (windpipe), bronchi (airways), and lungs. If you have or show signs of lung problems - for example, lung cancer or difficulty breathing - your doctor may recommend that you undergo a bronchoscopy.

In performing a diagnostic bronchoscopy, your doctor may only wish to visualize your respiratory tract, or your doctor may also collect samples of tissue or fluid. The samples can help diagnose your condition or, if you have cancer, they can be used for staging purposes. One method for sample collection is bronchoalveolar lavage. In a bronchoalveolar lavage, your doctor injects saline (salt water) through the bronchoscope and then suctions it out of your airways. The washout collected is tested for lung disorders. Your doctor can also insert a biopsy tool to collect tissue or mucus samples. The following are biopsies that can be performed by bronchoscopy:

  • Brush biopsy, which uses a brush to collect samples.
  • Endobronchial biopsy, which uses the bronchoscope to guide forceps to sample lung tissue.
  • Transbronchial biopsy, which uses forceps and image guidance - such as X-rays, CT scans, or fluoroscopy - to sample lung tissue.
  • Transbronchial fine needle aspiration (TBNA), which uses a small needle to take samples of the lymph nodes or lungs.

For visualization, bronchoscopy can be done alone, or it can be combined with ultrasound. Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) allows real-time imaging of your airway and is used for diagnosing and staging lung cancer, as well as for determining where the cancer has spread. EBUS can be performed with TBNA, a procedure known as endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA).

Your doctor can also use bronchoscopy as a treatment for lung problems. For example, if a foreign body is trapped in your airway, your doctor can insert forceps through the bronchoscope to remove it. If your airway has become narrowed - which may occur if you have an infection, cancer, or some other inflammatory issue - bronchoscopy can be used to place a device called a stent in the area of constriction. The stent will keep your airway open, allowing you to breathe properly.

During a bronchoscopy, you will be given medication (sedative) to help you relax. If it is only a diagnostic bronchoscopy, you will be kept awake, but if your bronchoscopy is for therapeutic purposes, you will be put to sleep by general anesthesia. After your procedure, you will need to stay in the hospital for a few hours. You will not be able to eat or drink for about 2 hours. You may experience some discomfort, such as a sore throat or pain while swallowing. Throat lozenges and gargling may help alleviate your symptoms, which should go away after a few days. You will need to have someone drive you home once your doctor determines that you are ready.

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