Flexible Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy is a procedure used to examine the internal structures of the throat, including the oropharynx, larynx, hypopharynx, and nasopharynx. These examinations are typically done with the intent of getting a visual of existing abnormalities, as well as performing biopsies and removal of unwanted growths from this area. Dr. Yevgeniy Khavkin, your pain management doctor in Las Vegas, NV, has years of experience with these procedures.
Why Would I need A Flexible Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy?
Thanks to the ability of the flexible camera . Some of the most common concerns that are addressed with this procedure include:
- Vocal Polyps
- Laryngeal Granuloma
- Spasmodic Dysphonia
- Larynx Cancerous
- Vocal Nodules
- Difficulty with swallowing known as Dysphagia
In cases where this procedure is used to diagnose suspected medical concerns, a direct laryngoscopy will be performed, providing the physician with a hands-free visualization of the area. Many conditions affecting the voice box share similar symptoms, and a visual confirmation of the specific concern is necessary.
What Happens During The Procedure?
The laryngoscopy begins with the physician applying a topical anesthetic to reduce discomfort during the procedure. The device is then entered into the patient’s nose and directed to the area the physician wishes to view or operate on. The sensation of the scope moving throughout the nasal cavity can feel strange, but breathing remains unobstructed during the procedure. For this procedure the patient will remain conscious, aiding the doctor by producing various vocalizations, allowing observation of the vocal folds in action. In some cases, a biopsy may be taken using small instruments inserted through the scope, and the use of a miniature camera can provide your physician with images that can be analyzed later in more detail.
How Long Does The Flexible Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy Take?
The procedure itself is quite brief, taking no more than 30 minutes to complete and being relatively pain-free. In some cases, the patient will experience a sore throat and a bitter taste in the back of their throat, but these symptoms fade quickly in the majority of cases. The examination has little to no recovery time, allowing the patient to return to their typical daily activities immediately.
What Risks Are Associated With Flexible Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy?
As with all medical procedures, there are some risks associated with receiving a laryngoscopy, including possible blockage or swelling of the patient’s airway. In instances where polyps or tumors exist, or where the inflammation of the area is severe these complications may become more likely. In some rare cases, intubation may be necessary to aid with breathing if natural airflow is cut off.
Flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy is a pain-free method of confirming a diagnosis or treating certain conditions related to the throat. If you think you may benefit from your physician performing this procedure contact the Khavkin Clinic for a consultation immediately.