Examination under anesthesia is performed by a surgeon to evaluate the back of your throat, voice box, the back of your nose, upper trachea (breathing tube) and upper esophagus (swallowing tube).
This test allows a complete evaluation of the back of your nose and throat, your voice box, the windpipe, and esophagus (swallowing tube). If your doctor sees an area of concern, they will take a small piece of tissue for evaluation (biopsy).
Examination under anesthesia is performed in the operating room. You will be asleep with general anesthesia. A scope with attached camera is inserted through your mouth and into your throat, voice box, windpipe and esophagus.
After general anesthesia, you may feel sleepy for a day. You will be able to eat and drink as you did before the procedure. You will receive medication for pain. You may have the following symptoms:
A risk is a problem that you might have. Some risks include:
After the examination under anesthesia your doctor will be able to tell you what he or she saw and if biopsies were taken. Biopsy results will take at least a few days, sometimes longer. Your doctor will call you or schedule a follow-up visit to review the biopsy results.
Call your doctor if you experience:
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