Robotic Bronchoscopy

robotic bronchoscopy

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When a spot on the lung is found, it is important for you and your doctor to find out what it is. Your doctor will perform a minimally invasive procedure called a robotic bronchoscopy. This will help you and your doctor get the answers needed to make important decisions about your health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Going into this procedure, it is normal to have several questions on what to expect. Our goal is to help answer your questions so that you are prepared. These are some of the questions we often hear from patients.


If I have a spot on my lung, does that mean I have cancer?

Not all lung spots, also called lung nodules, are cancerous. In fact, more than half are noncancerous (benign). Lung nodules can have different causes, including smoking, scar tissue, or old infections. The only way to determine if a nodule is cancerous is by taking a small piece of tissue (biopsy) and having it examined. A bronchoscopy helps your doctor determine whether your lung nodule is cancerous.

What happens during robotic bronchoscopy?

Before the procedure starts, you will be put to sleep using anesthesia. Your doctor will insert a thin tube called a bronchoscope through your mouth and throat into the lung and take a tissue sample of the nodule. The sample will be sent to a laboratory to find out more information about your nodule.

Is robotic bronchoscopy safe?

Yes it is safe. Every medical procedure will carry some risk. The primary risk factors for lung biopsy procedures are a collapsed lung and bleeding. The Monarch™ Bronchoscopy was designed to keep risks as low as possible while maintaining a high rate of diagnosis.

Does the robot actually perform the procedure?

No, your doctor has complete control over the robot throughout the entire procedure. The robotic bronchscope is a tool that helps your doctor reach and biopsy the lung nodule easier than controlling it by hand.

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure times may vary but will generally take about thirty to ninety minutes.

Where does the procedure take place?

Robotic bronchoscopy is an outpatient procedure and usually takes place in a hospital in an operating room or endoscopy suite.

Your procedure, step by step

  • Your doctor will insert the bronchoscope through the mouth and throat into the lungs using the robot’s controller.
  • Using a combination of real-time visualization and electromagnetic navigation (like a GPS you use in your car) will provide your doctor with a roadmap to locate the nodule.
  • The robotic bronchoscope gives your doctor precise control and stability making it easier to reach nodules deep in the lung.
  • Your doctor can quickly and safely take a biopsy of the nodule and send it off to the laboratory for testing without making an incision.
  • Once your results are available, your doctor will meet with you to discuss next steps and recommendations.

For more information

To make an appointment with our thoracic specialists, or for more information about the latest technology in lung cancer diagnosis at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, contact 860.696.4923.

Meet our Surgeons who perform this procedure:

Name Specialties Location
Kachala, Stefan, MD, FACS
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  • Thoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • New Britain
  • Hartford
  • Meriden
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Locations where this procedure is performed:

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