In addition to being Board Certified in Sleep Medicine, Dr. Scott Bonvallet of Overlake Internal Medicine Associates is also Board Certified in Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine. He provides pulmonary consults and pulmonary services, such as laryngoscopies and bronchoscopies. The field of pulmonology medicine involves diagnosing and treating diseases of the respiratory system and conditions that affect the airway and breathing. Critical care medicine involves the care for individuals (usually in the Intensive Care Unit) who have sustained a critical illness or injury where one or more vital organ systems is vitally threatened. Dr. Bonvallet is proud to serve on the pulmonary/ critical care call rotation at Overlake Hospital Medical Center.
A laryngoscopy is a procedure whereby the physician inserts an instrument to examine the throat and vocal cords for problems, such as:
- Labored or noisy breathing
- Pain in the throat or hoarseness
- Difficulty swallowing or a feeling that something is stuck in your throat
- Coughing up blood
- Mass or lump in the neck area
- Other upper respiratory issues.
A bronchoscopy is procedure where the doctor examines your airways by inserting a thin, flexible tube called a bronchoscope into your nose or mouth down through your throat into your airways. Attached to the bronchoscope is a light and small camera that will take pictures and allow your doctor to see your windpipe and airways. You’ll be given medicine to make you relaxed and sedated during the procedure. Your doctor may suggest a bronchoscopy if s/he sees or suspects:
- Signs of infection
- Blockage of your airway
- Excess mucus in your airways.