Nasal and laryngeal endoscopy are diagnostic procedures that allow for a quick evaluation of the nasal passages and the larynx in a safe, minimally invasive manner. An endoscopy is a medical procedure that inserts an instrument called an endoscope, a thin, flexible tube, into the body to provide a detailed view and images that may be recorded and visualized on a computer screen.
We have the latest technology available from Olympus. The endoscopes provide High Definition Digital Video which allows for images previously only achievable in the operating room. This allows for the most accurate diagnosis available in clinic.
Reasons For A Nasal And/Or Laryngeal Endoscopy
An endoscopy may be performed by a doctor to find out the causes of various nose and throat problems that may include persistent:
- Sinus issues
- Trouble with nasal airflow
- Ear pressure
- Difficulty swallowing
- Voice problems
- Ear or throat pain
- Mucus drainage
- A lump or mass in the throat
Diagnostic Nasal Endoscopy
The nasal passages are sprayed with a local anesthetic to decrease the sneeze reflex. A tiny scope is used to evaluate the nasal passage for abnormal anatomy, nasal polyps and infection. There is very minimal discomfort, it is similar to the feeling of having a little water in the nose. The procedure takes about one minute to perform.
The nasal passages are sprayed with a local anesthetic to decrease the sneeze reflex. A tiny scope is passed through the nostril into the back of the throat. The larynx may be examined for any lesion. There is very minimal discomfort, it is similar to the feeling of having a little water in the nose. The procedure takes about one minute to perform.
This procedure is similar to a flexible laryngoscopy with the addition of using a strobe light to evaluate the vocal cord motion. This allows for a slow motion effect that shows the movement of the vocal cords while they vibrate. It is then possible to identify the cause of hoarseness which may include a muscle weakness, benign vocal cord nodule or a growth that could be suspicious for cancer. There is very minimal discomfort, it is similar to the feeling of having a little water in the nose. The procedure takes about a minute and a half to perform.
Risks Of Nasal And Laryngeal Endoscopy
Dr. Boole has performed more than 12,000 office endoscopies without a significant complication. Theoretic complications may include bleeding or infection.
These procedures are generally covered without preauthorization by most insurances. Even though the procedures are quickly done in clinic, they may be categorized as surgical procedures by insurance and subject to a separate copay. Our staff will research your insurance coverage prior to your visit to avoid any surprises.
After the endoscopy, the doctor will discuss the results with the patient and develop a customized treatment plan based on the patient’s individual condition.