What is an Endoscopic Inspection of the Throat Area?

An endoscope is a slender, flexible tube equipped with a light and camera, enabling a detailed visual view of the throat and voice box (larynx) structures. An endoscopic inspection of the throat and voice box may be necessary if you are experiencing persistent throat discomfort, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, or unexplained voice changes. 

What Can an Endoscopic Inspection Identify?

An endoscopic examination allows our board-certified ENT specialists to visualize the structures of the throat and voice box, aiding in the diagnosis of issues including:

  • Vocal cord disorders: A group of conditions affecting the vocal cords, leading to changes in voice quality, hoarseness, or loss of voice. These disorders can result from misuse, overuse, or medical conditions affecting the vocal fold tissues.
  • Inflammation of the throat (pharyngitis): Characterized by swelling, pain, and irritation in the throat, often caused by viral or bacterial infections. Symptoms can include sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and fever.
  • Growths or masses in the throat: Unusual lumps or bumps within the throat, which can be benign or malignant, affecting breathing, swallowing, and speech. Causes vary widely, from infectious processes to neoplastic growth.
  • Laryngitis: Inflammation of the larynx or voice box, leading to voice changes such as hoarseness or temporary voice loss. Common causes include viral infections, vocal strain, or allergies.
  • Nodules or polyps on the vocal cords: Benign growths that form on the vocal cords due to chronic vocal strain or irritation, leading to voice changes and hoarseness. Vocal nodules are often called "singer's nodules" due to their prevalence among vocal performers.
  • Vocal cord paralysis: A condition where one or both vocal cords cannot move, affecting voice, breathing, and swallowing. It can result from injury, surgical complications, or neurological conditions.
  • Lesions or abnormalities in the voice box: Any unusual changes or damages to the structure of the larynx, potentially impacting voice production and airway function. These can include cysts, ulcers, or cancerous changes.
  • Narrowing of the throat (stenosis): The constriction or narrowing of the throat passage, which can interfere with normal breathing and swallowing. Causes range from congenital issues to the aftermath of infections or injuries.
  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia): A condition characterized by trouble moving food or liquid from the mouth to the stomach. Dysphagia can stem from neurological disorders, structural problems, or obstructions within the throat or esophagus.

Preparing for Your Procedure

Preparing for an endoscopic inspection at Southern ENT Associates is straightforward. We will review your medical conditions, allergies, or medications you take. We recommend loose, comfortable clothing, and it's helpful to arrange for someone to accompany you. Following these guidelines will contribute to a smooth and stress-free experience during your endoscopic inspection of the throat and voice box.

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What Is the Procedure Like to Experience?

The day of your endoscopic inspection at Southern ENT will begin with a warm welcome upon arrival at our office. Our friendly staff will guide you through the necessary paperwork and preliminary assessments. Before the procedure, we will thoroughly explain the details and address any concerns you may have. An anesthetic spray makes this minimally invasive examination more comfortable to experience. Our ENT specialist will gently insert the endoscope, a thin and flexible tube with a light and camera, through your nose or mouth. This allows a clear view of your throat and voice box. 

How Long Will My Endoscopic Inspection Take?

The endoscopic inspection of your throat and voice box at Southern ENT Associates is a relatively swift procedure, usually taking around 15 to 30 minutes, with no extended recovery time, and you can resume your normal activities shortly after the examination. You may experience minor throat discomfort or a temporary change in your voice, but these effects fade quickly on their own. We focus on ensuring a smooth and efficient process, prioritizing your comfort.

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World-Class Care for Throat and Larynx: Southern ENT Associates

Choosing Southern ENT Associates for your throat and voice care in Louisiana ensures you benefit from a team of dedicated specialists committed to delivering personalized, world-class healthcare. With a legacy spanning over 45 years, we are the largest and most trusted ENT group in Louisiana. We offer convenient same-day appointments, emphasizing timely and compassionate care. We provide a wide range of ear, nose, and throat services under one roof. Our commitment to excellence and a warm, compassionate bedside manner set us apart with your ENT needs performed by fellowship-trained, board-certified medical professionals.

Endoscopic Inspection of the Throat & Voice Box FAQ

Is the procedure painful?

No, the procedure is generally not painful, and anesthesia is not typically required for endoscopic inspections. You may experience minor discomfort, but the procedure is usually well-tolerated.

Is there any downtime after the examination?

No, there is minimal downtime. You can resume your normal activities after the procedure.

Are there any side effects or risks associated with the procedure?

Side effects are usually minimal and may include temporary throat discomfort or a brief change in voice.

When will I receive the results of the examination?

Your Southern ENT Associates specialist will discuss the findings with you immediately after the procedure and provide further guidance based on the results.

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