Laryngoscopy is a term to describe a procedure in which the throat and voicebox (larynx) areas are evaluated with a scope. It may also be done to remove tumors, do a biopsy, and remove foreign bodies. It is usually done with the patient asleep under anesthesia. It may be a day surgery procedure, but sometimes requires observation in the hospital to monitor breathing and to treat swelling.
It is a safe procedure, but there are some risks related to using instruments throught the mouth. These include injury to the lips, teeth or gums, or numbness in the mouth area (usually temporary). Other risks include bleeding, infection, swelling, and difficulty with the voice or swallowing. Most of these depend on the extent of the surgery and the underlying problem that is being treated. There may also be some increased drainage at the back of the throat and some blood in the saliva.
Instructions for after surgery
- Diet should begin with clear liquids and be advance to the usual diet as tolerated. Avoid spicy, fried foods that can aggravate acid reflux and affect healing after laryngoscopy. If you have nausea or vomiting, have clear liquids until it resolves (call the office for nausea meds if it does not resolve).
- Activity should be restricted to quiet rest on the day of surgery. Speaking should be kept to a minimum for about 1 week, to help with faster healing. Whispering should be avoided.
- Medications may include antibiotics, acid reflux meds, pain medications, and/or medicines for swelling. This will depend on the specific circumstances of your surgery. It is a good idea to keep a pharmacy number handy (and the number for a 24 hour pharmacy), in case medications need to be prescribed for you during the recovery.
- The followup after the surgery is usually 7-10 days after surgery (this will be modified if needed)
– Call the office and ask to speak to a nurse immediately (or the physician for evenings/weekends) if you have difficulty breathing or continuous coughing up of blood. Please call 972-402-8404 for any questions.
For emergencies, ask to speak to a nurse immediately. If it is not emergent, leave a message with the nurse and you will be called back the same day.
(You can call the same number on weekends/evenings and speak to the physician if necessary).