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Dr. Heath Douglas White, MS, DO
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
700 Scott and White Drive
College Station, TX
 

Dr. Heath White specializes in adult critical care and adult pulmonology. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. Dr. White honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Scott and White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)

All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Airway Stent Placement, Biopsy, Intensive Care, Lung Problems, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 100
  • Charge (avg.): $974 - $1,772
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $1 - $199
Dr. Eugene A Veley, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
800 Scott and White Drive
College Station, TX
 

Dr. Gene Veley works as an intensivist and pulmonologist in College Station, TX. In addition to English, he speaks Medical Spanish. Dr. Veley is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. He graduated from Ross University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. Dr. Veley accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , transbronchial biopsy, endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)

All Interests: Tube Thoracostomy, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Transbronchial Biopsy, Intensive Care, Lung Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan F Sanchez, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
700 Scott and White Drive
College Station, TX
 

Dr. Juan Sanchez's areas of specialization are critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Dr. Sanchez accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After completing medical school at CES University, Institute of Health Sciences, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He has received the following distinction: Young Investigator Award: Chest. Dr. Sanchez is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , transbronchial biopsy

All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Airway Stent Placement, Transbronchial Biopsy, Pleural Effusion, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shekhar A Ghamande, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
800 Scott and White Drive
College Station, TX
 

Dr. Shekhar Ghamande sees patients in Temple, TX, Waco, TX, and College Station, TX. His medical specialties are adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. Dr. Ghamande (or staff) is conversant in Marathi and Hindi. Dr. Ghamande is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. He is a graduate of Seth G.S. Medical College. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ghamande has received the following distinction: Best attending physician," Department of Medicine, West Virginia University.

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Clinical Interests: Sleep Apnea, Emphysema, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 17
  • Charge (avg.): $916
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $90

Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
2700 E 29th Street; Suite 260
Bryan, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Weber is an adult critical care specialist and adult pulmonologist. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Weber has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 17
  • Charge (avg.): $853
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $166

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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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