Rigid Bronchoscopy is a procedure used to gain access to the patient's airway and allows the passage of larger airway instruments and cameras to diagnose and treat airway disease. This form of bronchoscopy is done by highly trained specialists.
The rigid bronchoscope is a useful tool for treating patients with most types of airway stenoses, and it facilitates other endobronchial therapies, including stent placement, argon plasma coagulation (APC), balloon dilatation, electrocautery probes, and laser therapy.
Rigid bronchoscopy allows the pulmonary physician better airway access and instruments, or airway devices, can be inserted through this rigid device. The rigid bronchoscope can also be used to treat airway obstruction, airway narrowing (stenosis), airway cancers, bleeding, or remove foreign or aspirated objects.