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The mediastinum is the area in the middle of the chest between the lungs. A mediastinoscopy is a procedure to look at this area inside the chest. A tube with a light (mediastinoscope) is placed into the upper chest through a small opening (mediastinotomy). The light allows the doctor to see the area.
Your doctor will explain the procedure to you and ask you to sign a consent form. You will be asked to stop eating and drinking for 8-10 hours before the procedure. Your doctor will tell you whether you should:
Take any medicines before the procedure
Stop medicines like insulin , aspirin , or blood-thinning medicines
The day of the procedure:
You will be asked to remove any jewelry, glasses, contact lenses, or dentures.
You may be given medicines to help you feel sleepy and relaxed.
Be sure to tell your doctor if you have any allergies.
You will need someone to drive you home after the procedure.
You will receive a
through an IV in your hand or arm. This will block any pain and keep you asleep throughout the procedure. Once you are sedated, a breathing tube will be placed in your throat to help you breathe.
This procedure can be done in an outpatient setting or as part of your hospital stay. The usual length of stay is up to 24 hours if there are no unforeseen complications. Some people may need to stay in the hospital for 1-2 days.
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