We are one of the few centres in the region with the experience and expertise in rigid bronchoscopy. Rigid bronchoscopy is commonly used to treat central airway obstruction from tuberculosis and various cancers. It is performed under general anaesthesia in the Operating Theatre.
Our interventional pulmonologists have been trained in the United States, Germany, and Korea under renowned leaders in the field. We have the highest volume in rigid bronchoscopy annually in the country, and we work closely with anaesthesiologists who have a special interest in advanced airway management and ventilation techniques. At SGH, we offer the entire range of interventional bronchoscopic techniques such as balloon bronchoplasty, thermal ablative therapies, metallic and silicone airway stenting, and brachytherapy. The Interventional Pulmonology (IP) Team also organizes yearly regional courses in this field, and its members are often invited to speak or teach at IP-related events in the region.
Services include chest tube placement, Heimlich valve insertion, pleurodesis and pleural lytic administration, pleuroscopy and indwelling pleural catheters. These procedures are also performed in the ILEC. For more information regarding pleuroscopy, please click on the video link below.
Pleuroscopy / Thoracoscopy
We also offer whole lung lavage for an uncommon condition called pulmonary alveolar proteinosis. It is performed with single lung ventilation in the operating theatre.
Director of Interventional Pulmonology
Clin Asst Prof Melvin Tay Chee Kiang
Dr Carrie Leong Kah Lai
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