Don’t eat or drink anything for 8 hours in advance. If you’re going to an office, you don’t need to fast.
Talk to your doctor about your medicines. You may be asked to stop taking some medicines up to 1 week in advance.
may be used for a laryngoscopy. Local anesthesia will numb the throat. With general anesthesia, you will be asleep.
Description of the Procedure
Images may be taken during either type.
You will sit up straight in a high-back chair. A headrest will push your head and jaw forward. The anesthesia will be sprayed into your throat. Your tongue will be covered with gauze and held by the doctor. You will then need to breathe through your mouth as if panting. A warm mirror will be held at the back of the throat. The doctor will ask you to make a certain sound and watch the larynx. If there is a foreign object, such as a chicken bone, it can be removed.
Direct Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy
The direct method is most often done after the indirect method. It allows the doctor to see a greater area. It may also be used if your gag reflex didn't allow a thorough exam. A special scope will be placed through your nose or mouth, then into your throat. The larynx will be checked through an eyepiece on the scope or a camera. The doctor take samples, remove growths, or take out a foreign object trapped in the throat. This method under general anesthesia or in the office under local anesthesia.
How Long Will It Take?
The indirect method only takes a few minutes. The direct method takes about 5–45 minutes, depending on the problem.
Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia will prevent pain during the procedure. With a direct method, you may have a sore throat for a few days if a biopsy was done.
If any tissue was removed, it will be check in a lab.
You may need to avoid clearing your throat or coughing if you had a biopsy.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if any of the following occur:
Coughing up, spitting out, or vomiting blood
Breathing or swallowing problems
Signs of infection such as fever or chills
Nausea or vomiting
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
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Last Updated: 8/10/2018
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