How the Test is Performed ?
Laryngoscopy may be done in different ways:
- Indirect laryngoscopy uses a small mirror held at the back of your throat. The health care provider shines a light on the mirror to view the throat area. This is a simple procedure. Most of the time, it can be done in the provider’s office while you are awake. A medicine to numb the back of your throat may be used.
- Fiberoptic laryngoscopy (nasolaryngoscopy) uses a small flexible telescope. The scope is passed through your nose and into your throat. This is the most common way that the voice box is examined. You are awake for the procedure. Numbing medicine will be sprayed in your nose. This procedure typically takes less than 1 minute.
- Laryngoscopy using strobe light can also be done. Use of strobe light can give the provider more information about problems with your voice box.
When Is Laryngoscopy Needed?
More than 30 million people have chronic rhinosinusitis or CRS. Medical treatments, including antibiotics, can ease most peoples’ symptoms. But if your symptoms last more than 12 weeks, your healthcare provider might recommend balloon sinuplasty or endoscopic sinus surgery.
CRS symptoms include: Stuffy nose, congestion and many more.
How Do I Get Ready for This?
You’ll stay at the hospital or medical office until you feel comfortable leaving. Most healthcare providers recommend you ask someone to drive you to and from your appointment. Your provider might recommend a potential schedule of follow-up appointments and tests:
- One week after procedure: Follow-up appointment and nasal endoscopy.
- Three months after the procedure: Follow-up appointment including nasal endoscopy.