Interventional Pulmonology

Roswell Park's Interventional Pulmonology Services uses endoscopy and other minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat conditions in the lungs and chest.

Our new Endoscopy Center brings together Advanced Endoscopy and Interventional Pulmonology services into one state-of-the-art facility where more than 90 percent of procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. With our unique capabilities, we offer minimally invasive options in place of traditional surgery whenever possible, caring for patients in a way that affords a quicker recovery, less pain and fewer side effects.

Airway Ablation

Airway ablation can provide relief for patients who have airways obstructed by tumors, scarring from long-term intubation, or other causes. At RPCI, this may achieved with excision, laser, or argon plasma coagulation (APC) to restore normal breathing and prevent lung collapse.

Balloon Bronchoplasty

A balloon bronchoplasty can dilate narrowed airways via a balloon passed through a bronchoscope.

Airway Stent Placement

Airway stents of silicone, metal, or metal covered with silicone (hybrid stents) can maintain the patency of an obstructed airway.

Endobronchial Valve Placement

An endobronchial valve placement can correct persistent air leaks in patients with pneumothorax.

Indwelling Pleural Catheter Placement

This treatment is used to relieve and prevent the recurrence of pleural effusion. Patients can avoid frequent hospital visits by draining the fluid themselves.

Pleurodesis

A medical procedure that uses chemicals or drugs to cause inflammation and adhesion between the layers of the pleura (a thin layer of tissue that covers the lungs and lines the interior wall of the chest cavity). This prevents the buildup of fluid in the pleural cavity. It is used as a treatment for severe pleural effusion.