Endoscopic Throat Examination


An endoscopic throat examination may be advised for people who are experiencing problems in the throat area. We’ll inform you about some examples of problems and what happens during the procedure. 

What is an endoscopic throat examination? 

An endoscopic throat examination typically involves the use of a small camera being passed through the nose. This allows for a more detailed view of the throat and surrounding areas. 

The small camera is attached to a thin, flexible tube that is gently passed through the nose. It can be difficult to assess symptoms, and an endoscopy helps to make issues more clear. 

What problems are best assessed using an endoscopic throat examination? 

Some issues that can be assessed during an endoscopic throat examination include the following. 

  • Hoarse voice 
  • Lump in the throat
  • Irritation or sensitivity in the throat area 
  • Throat clearing 

Before you have an endoscopy, you may seek advice to identify the issue and any treatments that can help to sort it. 

The camera device will allow the doctor to see a range of issues in the throat. After they have identified the issue, they can suggest the most appropriate treatments. 

What happens during an endoscopic throat examination? 

An endoscopic throat examination typically only takes around 5 minutes. Some people report feeling minor discomfort during the examination. If you are worried about this, you can request a numbing spray. This can help to make the procedure less uncomfortable. 

We will discuss the examination with you and ensure you are happy with the process. Then, we will begin the procedure.  

The thin tube will be inserted through the nose and into the throat. You may be asked to perform certain sounds or movements during the procedure. This means the professional can check for weaknesses or other issues. The endoscope is attached to a monitor so that you have the same views on the screen as the surgeon and can be shown if anything untoward is discovered.

What happens after the examination? 

After the examination, a doctor will provide you with a brief overview of your results. You will usually be free to leave after the treatment.

Endoscopic throat examinations are safe and low risk. They can help a medical professional to identify issues that may otherwise not be found.