Why is the procedure performed?

Direct Laryngoscopy

  • Laryngeal masses
    • Vocal cord nodule
    • Vocal cord polyps
    • Papillomas
    • Ulcers
    • Tumors
    • Cysts
  • Laryngeal foreign bodies
  • Laryngeal trauma
  • Paralyzed vocal cords


  • Bronchial masses
  • Bronchial foreign bodies
  • Aspiration and perforating neck trauma


  • Esophageal masses
  • Esophageal foreign bodies
  • Aspiration and perforating neck trauma
  • How is the procedure performed?

    • In the operating room under general anesthesia
    • Usually done as an outpatient, unless being performed for trauma
    • Pre-op labs may be required
    • Chest x-ray and EKG may be required if patient is over the age of 50 or if heart or lung problems exist

    What should I expect?

    • Mild discomfort lasting a few days
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Minor bleeding
    • Biopsy reports (if taken) to return in five days or less

    What should I do after the surgery?

    • Take antibiotics and pain medications given by the doctor
    • Slowly advance diet as tolerated
      • Drink cool liquids (water, milk, low acid juices, ice cream, Jell-O) during the first day
    • Take Tylenol for pain
    • Call the doctor if unable to drink liquids
    • Return for follow-up in 10 days