Home Care after Bronchoscopy
What to Expect
You may notice a mild soreness in your
throat. You may wish to gargle with lightly
salted water or suck on hard candy.
If tissue samples were taken, you may cough
up a few streaks of blood. This should not
last longer than the next morning. If it does,
please call us.
ξ At Home You must have an adult to
take you home. You should not drive
ξ Do not drink alcohol. Do not take
tranquilizers or sleeping pills tonight.
ξ Rest today. Do not use hazardous
machinery. You may resume normal
daily tasks tomorrow.
ξ You may resume your routine medicines
unless told otherwise. Please check with
the doctor after the exam to see if it's ok
to resume taking aspirin, aspirin-like
drugs, or blood thinners.
ξ You may resume your normal diet. Start
out with a light diet to prevent nausea.
ξ There may be some soreness and redness
at the IV site for a day or two. You can
relieve this by placing a warm, moist
washcloth over the area. Please contact
your primary doctor if this does not
improve in a couple of days.
Do not make any important decisions
ξ Contact your doctor through the phone
numbers listed below if you notice a
fever of 100.4º F or above.
When to Go to the Nearest Emergency
ξ You are coughing up excess blood.
ξ Your coughing becomes extreme.
ξ You have chest pains or shortness of
Please call your doctor if you have any
questions or concerns.
Pulmonary Clinic: (608) 263-7203, 8:00
AM – 5:00 PM
GI Endoscopy/Bronchoscopy Procedure
Center: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00
p.m. (608) 263-8094.
Pediatric Pulmonary Clinic (608) 263-6420,
8:00 AM – 4:30 PMAfter clinic hours, the
clinic phone number will be answered by the
paging operator. Ask for the pulmonary
doctor on call. Leave your name and phone
number with the area code. The doctor will
call you back.
If you live out of the area, please call 1-800-
Spanish Version #6594
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright ©10/2017. University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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