Bronchoscopy Patent Awarded
Dr. Ken Willeford was given the challenge and honor of being the first and only Anesthesiologist in Brunswick County for over ten years! One particular area of healthcare that Dr. Ken noticed needed improvement was in the management of low oxygen levels of people when they had a procedure called Bronchoscopy.
Bronchoscopy is a procedure that allows your respiratory doctor, usually a pulmonologists to look at your airway through a thin viewing instrument called a bronchoscope. During a bronchoscopy, your doctor will examine your throat, larynx, trachea, and lower airways. To learn more about Bronchoscopy click here.
The Willeford's invented and hold a US Patent on the first Bronchoscopy Oxygen System. This system is easily attached to any bronchoscope. The oxygen system is designed to increase patient safety and decrease the risk of any potentially life-threatening event from happening from low blood oxygen level during the bronchoscopy procedure. We have named our devise after Joan Rivers and call it the "River Device." The Oxygenation System for any Bronchoscope is just like a "RIVER" because like a river it carries oxygen, the most vital nutrient the body needs.