Laryngoscopy and pharyngoscopy

What are laryngoscopy and pharyngoscopy?

Laryngoscopy is a procedure to look at the voice box and pharyngoscopy is a procedure to look at the throat above the voice box and above the gullet.  These examinations are performed under general anaesthetic through the mouth so that there are no incisions on the neck. 

What happens during the procedure?

Telescopes are used to assess the area and sometimes photographs and biopsies may be taken.  Your throat may be uncomfortable for a short time after the procedure and you may be asked to rest your voice particularly if surgery has been performed on your vocal cords. 

Your surgeon will inform you about the possible rare risks of these procedures. 

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