Also called a laryngoscopy, the procedure is performed on those with voice or throat problems such as trouble swallowing, difficulty breathing, abnormal voice changes, persistent bad breath, or a cough or throat pain that has been prolonged. 

Endoscopic Inspection 

An endoscopic inspection of the throat or voice box is performed using a long thin instrument with a camera and a light attached. These are inserted into either the nose or mouth and maneuvered down through the throat. A numbing medication will be used to keep the throat relaxed and ensure the endoscope can be adequately inserted by the provider. Depending on the type of procedure, it may only take a few minutes to perform.

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Conditions an Endoscopic Inspection May Be Used For

An endoscopic inspection is a type of examination that is designed to help your provider gain a deeper understanding of your throat and voice box, as well as to detect certain medical conditions.

A provider may order this test if you are experiencing:

  • Persistent throat pain or cough
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Vocal changes
  • Trouble breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing

The examination can also be used after a CT imaging session to gain further information on a specific area.

Benefits of Endoscopic Inspection 

Endoscopic inspection can help providers and patients get a better understanding of anything abnormal occurring in their throat or vocal box. This treatment requires no downtime, and in many cases, takes less than half an hour to perform. It can also be used to treat certain conditions by removing polyps or growths that can be found in the throat or around the voice box.

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About Texas ENT Specialists

Texas ENT Specialists offers specialized care for all ear, nose, and throat conditions. We have many convenient office locations across Texas. We’ve set ourselves apart in the industry through:

Personalized Treatment

We tailor all of our ENT services to meet your individual needs, leading to the best patient outcomes.

Top-Rated Physician Network

All of our locations are staffed with a team of top-rated physicians that can help with all of your ENT concerns.

Centers of Excellence

Our locations are equipped with the latest technology, provide comprehensive care, and work with the goal of delivering a seamless patient experience.

Continuity of Care

With our comprehensive care philosophy and network of highly trained providers, we work to ensure long-term relief.

Who Is a Candidate?

Your provider will recommend the procedure to you if you are a candidate. Typically, candidates are those experiencing persistent trouble in the throat or vocal area but have not been able to determine why. Other candidates may require the procedure to perform a biopsy or remove a growth.

Your Experience

Before the test, you may be asked to stop taking certain medications. The procedure is outpatient and is performed in our offices.

You will be given a numbing medication. This will help make the insertion process easier. Once the instrument has been inserted, images will be taken and then it will be removed. Your test results will be available immediately following the test.

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Endoscopic Inspection FAQ's

Is the insertion process painful?

You will be given a numbing medication before the instrument is inserted. This will help make the process of insertion more manageable and less uncomfortable. You may experience some coughing, but this will subside.

Will I know my results right away?

Your results will be available immediately following the completion of the inspection.

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