If your physician has discovered a spot on your lung, often called a small mass or nodule, you may need to have it tested to find out what it is. This is called a lung biopsy. Although most lung nodules are not cancer, it is important to find out what it is.
There are a few options available for reaching small nodules in the lung. These small masses can be very difficult to reach with manual bronchoscopes. The MONARCH® Platform featuring robotic-assisted bronchoscopy was introduced in 2018 to help physicians reach hard-to-reach nodules for biopsy.
The MONARCH® Platform’s technology combines the latest advancements in robotic control, small instruments, endoscope design, vision, and data science into one platform.
For the first time, physicians have both direct vision and software to guide the scope to the small mass.
Auris introduced a unique design that has revolutionized endoscope technology. This telescoping design provides the support and stability physicians need when driving a scope in hard-to-reach areas of the lungs. The scope is designed to give physician vision throughout the entire procedure.
This controller provides the physician complete control of the robotic bronchoscope to make very precise movements needed while driving through small areas of the bronchial tree.
Bronchoscopy Important Safety Statement:
Complications from bronchoscopy are rare and most often minor, but if they occur, may include breathing difficulty, vocal cord spasm, hoarseness, slight fever, vomiting, dizziness, bronchial spasm, infection, low blood oxygen, bleeding from biopsied site, or an allergic reaction to medications. Only rarely do patients experience other more serious complications (for example, collapsed lung, respiratory failure, heart attack and/or cardiac arrhythmia).
Urology Important Safety Statement:
Adverse effects from both Mini-PCNL and Ureteroscopy include pain, urinary tract infection, fever, hematuria (presence of blood in urine), exposure to low levels of radiation, retained or residual stones.
Adverse effects from ureteroscopy may include pain, perforation or injury to the ureter, resulting in extravasation of fluid and urine (urinoma), stricture of the ureter with risk of subsequent obstruction (hydronephrosis needing further repair), rare avulsion of the ureter, urinary blood clots, residual stones.
PCNL access may result in minor and major adverse effects. Minor effects include fever and nephrostomy leak. Major adverse effects may include injuries to pleura, liver, spleen, large vessels with related bleeding, gallbladder, duodenum, jejunum, colon with related cutaneous fistula, fever, pain, ileus, elevated counts.
Major adverse effects related to stone removal may include infection and urosepsis, intravascular fluid overload, extravasation of fluid, and post percutaneous nephrolithotomy bleeding.