Central airway obstruction is a common complication of lung cancer and also occurs in a variety of other benign and malignant diseases. Patients with this complication may have disabling, even life-threatening, dyspnea, cough and hemoptysis.

At The Lung Center, rigid bronchoscopy is used in conjunction with a Nd:YAG laser, tracheobrancial stenting, balloon dilation and brachytherapy. These procedures provide symptomatic relief, improve patients' quality of life, and in certain cases, serve as a bridge to more definitive therapy.

The Lung Center staff is experienced in the use of flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy, thoracoscopy and pleuroscopy. These techniques allow the direct visualization of the lungs and chest cavity's lining surfaces. These procedures allow less invasive approaches for the diagnosis and management of often life-threatening problems.