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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Dec 2, 2022.

A laryngoscopy is a procedure used to see inside your throat and larynx (voice box). You can eat and drink as usual after the numbing medicine wears off and you can swallow normally. You may have a sore throat after the medicine wears off. This is normal and should go away within 2 days. Also, your voice may sound hoarse. This should get better in a few weeks with rest.


Call your doctor 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 after 2 days.
  • You still have symptoms such as hoarseness or trouble swallowing 2 weeks after your procedure.
  • You have questions about your condition or care.


Your healthcare provider may give you instructions on what to eat and drink.

Relieve a sore throat:

Throat discomfort is normal and should get better within 2 days. Throat lozenges, cough drops, honey, or a warm salt water gargle may help. Mix 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 cup of warm water to make salt water. Gargle for 10 to 15 seconds. You can do this up to 4 times each day, or as directed. Do not give lozenges or cough drops to children younger than 4 years.

Voice care:

Your voice may sound hoarse after a laryngoscopy. Do not shout. Try to rest your voice. Speak softly, but do not whisper. Keep conversations short.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

If you had a biopsy or other tests, your doctor will tell you when to come back for the results. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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