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Lung Biopsy

Lung Biopsy: Introduction

A lung biopsy is a medical procedure where a small amount of lung tissue is removed and examined by a pathologist for any abnormalities. The procedure is used to diagnose certain lung conditions such as pulmonary fibrosis (scarring of the lungs with fibrotic tissue), sarcoidosis (clumps of cells formed in various organs), and cancer. There are four types of lung biopsies: bronchoscope biopsy (bronchoscope insert through mouth or nose), needle biopsy (needle inserted through chest), open biopsy (through surgical incision between ribs), and video-assisted thorascopic (thorascope through incision). The first two are outpatient procedures performed by a pulmonologist under local anesthesia. The second two are in-hospital surgical procedures performed by a thoracic or general surgeon....more »

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Surgery Costs Report for Lung Biopsy

Lung Biopsy: Related Terms

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Lung Biopsy: Overview

What is Lung Biopsy? A lung biopsy is a procedure that involves removing a piece of lung tissue to be tested for abnormalities such as infection, cancer or inflammation of the lungs. There are four different types of lung biopsy including:

  • Bronchoscopy - this technique is used when an infectious disease is suspected. A thin tube called a bronchoscope is inserted through the nose or mouth and into the airway to remove lung tissue.
  • Needle biopsy - this procedure is performed when an abnormality is located near the surface of the lung or in the chest wall. A needle is guided through a computed tomography scan (CT scan) or ultrasound to remove a sample of lung tissue.
  • Open biopsy - this procedure involves surgery to remove a sample of lung tissue through an incision in the chest area. Open biopsy may be performed when other methods have been unsuccessful. A six to eight inch incision is made in the chest during this procedure
  • Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) -a procedure that uses a thoracoscope to view inside the chest cavity and to remove a sample of lung tissue. It is a minimally invasive procedure that includes only three small one-inch incisions.

Local anesthesia is used for bronchoscopy and needle biopsy. Open biopsy and VATS procedures are performed under general anesthesia....more »

Profile: Patient Candidates for Lung Biopsy

Who are candidates for Lung Biopsy? A lung biopsy is performed to diagnose lung conditions such as immune disorders, cancer, sarcoidosis (inflammation of the lungs), tuberculosis and in some cases severe pneumonia. Bronchoscopy may also be used as a treatment to clear blockages from an airway....more »

Lung Biopsy: Treatment Options

What are alternatives to Lung Biopsy? Prior to lung biopsy, chest X-rays and chest CT scans may be performed first to diagnose lung problems....more »

Lung Biopsy: Preparing for Surgery

How do you prepare for Lung Biopsy? Prior to any surgery, your doctor will give you a complete medical examination and evaluate your overall health and your health history. You may be required to get additional tests such as X-rays and lab tests. Your doctor will also review with you the potential risks and benefits of the operation and will ask you to sign a consent form. It is important that you ask questions and be sure you understand the reason for the surgery as well as the risks.

It is important that you inform your doctor if you have allergies to any medications, what medications you are taking, and if you have bleeding problems. It is also important to inform your doctor if you are pregnant.

Your doctor will also give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly.

Depending on the circumstances of your surgery, you may be instructed to do the following:

  • Completely empty your colon and cleanse your intestines prior to surgery. You may be requested to drink clear liquids only for one or several days prior to surgery.
  • Stop eating or drinking after midnight the night before the operation except medications that your doctor has told you are permissible to take with a sip of water the morning of surgery.
  • Plan for your care and recovery after the operation. Find someone to drive you home after the surgery. Allow for time to rest and try to find people to help you with your day-to-day duties.
  • Stop smoking at least six to eight weeks prior to surgery as smoking delays wound healing. Smokers are also more likely to have breathing problems during surgery.
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Lung Biopsy: Recovery After Surgery

What is the Lung Biopsy recovery process? Your recovery depends on the type of procedure that was performed. If your doctor performed needle biopsy or used a bronchoscope, you may cough up some blood after the biopsy. After needle biopsy, you will likely go home four hours or so after the procedure. For open biopsy, you may experience some pain at the incision site and you may feel tired and groggy from the general anesthesia. Your stitches will be removed two weeks after the procedure....more »

Lung Biopsy: Costs of Surgery

What is the cost of Lung Biopsy? A variety of factors may influence the cost of the surgery. They include:

  • Insurance coverage
  • Pre-existing health
  • Insurance co-pay
  • Location of the facility

These factors vary depending on you and your situation.

The cost of each procedure can vary dramatically based upon age, location, gender, and insurance coverage. HealthGrades provides detailed cost estimates which include the costs of the procedure, drugs, hospital stay, and more. Each cost estimate is easy to understand and provides medical terms you need to know.

The detailed cost estimate for Lung Biopsy, includes costs for:

  • Lung biopsy using endoscope for one or both lungs
  • Lung biopsy through chest incision
  • Needle biopsy through lungs or mediastinum
  • and Diagnostic endoscopy.

Surgery Cost Report for Lung Biopsy

Lung Biopsy: Find a Surgeon or Specialist

Where can I find a Lung Biopsy doctor or surgeon? Lung Biopsy is typically performed by doctors specializing in General Surgery. Nationally, there are 27988 practicing General Surgeons. HealthGrades offers detailed physician reports to help you find a qualified Lung Biopsy doctor or surgeon in your area, which includes disciplinary actions, patient feedback, background information, and more. Start your search now!

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