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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about a laryngoscopy?

A laryngoscopy is a procedure used to see inside your throat and larynx (voice box). Your healthcare provider may check for an injury, growth, or other problems. He or she may remove growths or stuck objects, or take tissue samples. Material may be used to build up your vocal cords so they work better. A laryngoscopy may also be used to put in a breathing tube for surgery or after an injury.

How do I prepare for a laryngoscopy?

What will happen during a laryngoscopy?

What should I expect after a laryngoscopy?

What are the risks of a laryngoscopy?

Your teeth, lips, or tongue may be damaged by the scope. Your throat may close and reopen suddenly (spasm) after the procedure. This can cause short-term problems with breathing or talking.

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