WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
During a direct laryngoscopy, your caregiver places a scope into your mouth to see directly inside your throat. You may need a direct laryngoscopy to find injuries, growths, tumors, or other problems in your larynx (voice box) or vocal cords. Direct laryngoscopy helps your caregiver diagnose your condition and create a treatment plan. You might also have surgery or other treatments during a direct laryngoscopy.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
Your voice may sound hoarse after a laryngoscopy. Try to rest your voice. Speak softly, but do not whisper. Keep conversations short. Do not shout.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or specialist as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Keep a current list of your medicines: Include the amounts, and when, how, and why you take them. Take the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency. Throw away old medicine lists. Use vitamins, herbs, or food supplements only as directed.
- Take your medicine as directed: Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not working as expected. Tell him about any medicine allergies, and if you want to quit taking or change your medicine.
Most people eat and drink as usual after a laryngoscopy. Ask your primary healthcare provider if you are not sure.
Contact your primary healthcare provider if:
- You have problems breathing or talking.
- You see new injuries to your teeth, lips, or tongue.
- Your pain does not go away or gets worse.
- You have questions about your procedure, medicine, or care.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.