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