Vincent Cumberworth BSc FRCS Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon
Clementine Churchill Hospital Sudbury Hill Harrow Middlesex HA1 3RX
Private Secretary: Tel: 020 8872 3866 Fax: 0208872 3861

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Microlaryngoscopy & Oesophagoscopy

Microlaryngoscopy is a procedure performed under general anaesthetic to permit examination of the larynx and particularly with the vocal cords.  Indications include uncertainty about the nature of a problem with the voice, requiring a more detailed examination, or when a small swelling, such as a polyp or nodule, has been seen which needs to be removed and then examined for histology.

After microlaryngoscopy the throat may be a little sore but this should settle over a day or so and, typically, the procedure will be performed as a day case.  The voice is not necessarily immediately better and sometimes post-operative voice therapy is required.  There is also a small associated risk to the teeth; if caps or crowns are weak or loose then these can be displaced but damage to healthy teeth is quite unusual, albeit a small risk does still remain.

Oesophagoscopy is a procedure which permits examination of the oesophagus, or gullet. During the course of this a tube is passed to permit an accurate view of the area.  Occasionally a biopsy may be required and there may, as above, be a little soreness after the procedure.  For this procedure be prepared to stay in overnight; eating and drinking may be delayed for a few hours and often first recommences with a trial swallow of sterile water.  The risk mentioned above, relating to damage to the teeth, does also exist for this procedure and is, typically small.