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Laryngeal Surgery

 

MICROLARYNGOSCOPY

Microlaryngoscopy is the inspection of the voice using a microscope

 

The esophagus is the tube that carries food, liquids and saliva from your mouth to the stomach. You may not be aware of your esophagus until you swallow something too large, too hot or too cold. You may also become aware of it when something is wrong.

MICROLARYNGOSCOPY WITH BIOPSY

Inspection of voice box using a microscope and removal of tissue for pathology

 

OESOPHAGOSCOPY

Examination of the Oesophagus (Gullet)

 

BRONCHOSCOPY

Examination of Trachea

 

When it is necessary to examine the pharynx (throat), larynx (voice box) or Oesophagus (gullet connecting pharynx to the stomach), then these procedures are carried out under general anaesthetic (patient asleep). These procedures are usually carried out when there is a change in voice or problems with swallowing or a sticking sensation in the back of the throat or concern or cancer.

It is also required when in removing a foreign body such as a swallowed fish bone or a coin swallowed by a child.

 

 

The Surgery

The surgery is performed via the mouth and therefore there is no external cuts made. A rigid tube similar to piping is inserted via the mouth into the pharynx and larynx. Should an Oesophagoscopy be done, a pipe is then inserted into the Oesophagus. Should the airway need to be inspected, then a pipe can be inserted through the vocal cords and the main trachea and bronchus inspected. In this way, the tissues can be directly inspected and also inspected with the use of an operating microscope. Tissue biopsies can be removed during this time.

 

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LARYNGEAL SURGERY, OESOPHAGOSCOPY

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