Laryngoscopy & Nasopharyngoscopy
A laryngoscopy is a procedure that examines the larynx, or voice box, which contains the vocal cords. This procedure can be performed for many reasons, including diagnosing a persistent cough, hoarseness or bad breath, to detect a mass or tumor on the vocal cords, or to treat conditions of the throat and larynx. During the procedure, the physician is able to see the voice box and vocal cords with clarity because they are magnified and illuminated. Videos are produced during the examination and can be reviewed immediately afterwards. In most cases, the laryngoscopy can be performed outpatient with very little necessary recovery time.
Fiberoptic nasopharyngoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows doctors to evaluate the nose and throat to help determine the cause of symptoms like hoarseness, sore throat, nosebleeds and snoring, as well as to carefully observe lumps or other abnormal growths within the tissue. During the procedure, a thin fiberoptic tube with a camera on the end is inserted into the nose to provide real-time images of the area.
With fiberoptic nasopharyngoscopy, doctors can safely and precisely examine the entire upper respiratory tract. Small samples of tissue, known as a biopsy, can be removed from the area during the same procedure. A local anesthetic spray is used to numb the nasal passage before the tube is inserted to minimize discomfort. There is no downtime after this procedure and results are available right away.