We offer a wide range of interventional procedures; from treating emphysema with implanted endobronchial devices to diagnosing and staging lung cancers using an advanced miniature ultrasound probe. Our procedures are performed by our Interventional Pulmonologists using the latest technology and equipment. As future developments occur in the exciting field of Interventional Pulmonology, this list of procedures will continue to grow.

Bronchoscopy: Flexible and Rigid

Flexible bronchoscopy is a procedure performed to directly visualise airways in your lungs and allow specimens to be taken if necessary. It is a quick and relatively simple day procedure.

Rigid Bronchoscopy is a more specialised technique we utilise to allow more direct access to the airways. This is often performed with other procedures such as laser resection of tumours, stenting and when using the cryoprobe.

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Endoscopic lung volume reduction (ELVR)

This is a form of non-surgical lung volume reduction for the treatment of severe emphysema. Endobronchial one-way valves are inserted into the lungs to deflate the regions most affected by emphysema. This allows healthier regions of lung to re-inflate and function more effectively.

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Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS): Linear and Radial

Linear EBUS  is a method where masses in the chest can be sampled without the need for invasive surgery. EBUS is usually performed to diagnose or stage a lung cancer; however, this procedure may also be indicated for a variety of other reasons.

Radial EBUS is a technique to help guide the biopsy of peripheral lung lesions and is now available at Macquarie University Hospital.

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Dilatation/stenting of airways

Airways can be abnormally narrowed for a number of reasons including lung cancer, tuberculosis or previous trauma. This is a procedure performed through a bronchoscope to enlarge and stent open strictures in airways.

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Bronchial thermoplasty

This is a novel treatment for severe, persistent asthma that remains poorly controlled despite optimal medication therapy. It involves day procedures over three days where thermal energy is delivered to the airways to reduce excessive smooth muscle. The reduction in smooth muscle can significantly improve the symptoms of people with asthma.

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Cryobiopsy, cryoextraction and cryotherapy

Using a cryoprobe in the lung is a relatively new technique that can be used to obtain tissue samples from abnormal lung (cryobiopsy), remove cancers blocking the airway (cryoextraction) and treat superficial airway cancers (cryotherapy).

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