Mobile FEES and Videostroboscopy
(Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing)
We have the diagnostic tools to provide a more thorough assessment of your swallow and voice. We use FEES (which stands for Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing) and Videostroboscopy. This portable instrument allows us to bring invaluable diagnostic measures within the comfort of your home or facility. It requires no anesthesia and is a fairly quick procedure. This is especially good news for patients that have a difficult time leaving their home or facility in which they reside. The scope that we use has a small wire with a camera on the end. We pass this wire through your nose to the back of the throat where we can visualize the areas within and surrounding the voice box. These areas are an important part of our swallow. We first assess your voice function with use of a special strobe light source that allows us to visualize the movements more accurately of your very fast moving vocal folds. We then have you eat and drink while a variety of food/drink samples to understand how your swallow is functioning when trying to bring these things down to your food pipe.