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Information about this procedure is listed under the following headings:


Why do I need this operation?

What are the intended benefits of the surgery?

How is the surgery performed?

What are the potential risks and how great are these risks?

What am I to expect after the operation?

How long will I be off work/school?

Frequently asked Questions





Why do I need this operation?

Endoscopy is performed to allow a better view of the inside of the throat and upper oesophagus, often to make a diagnosis. Panendoscopy is a word used to desctibe a group of operations. These operatons are: direct laryngoscopy, direct oesophasgoscopy and direct pharyngoscopy. In these operations, the voice box, food pipe and throat are examined respectively.



What are the intended benefits of the surgery?

Panendoscopy may be performed to give a better look at the structures in the throat and to take a biopsy if necessary.



How is the surgery performed?

This operation is carried out under general anaesthetic. A metal tube is introduced through the mouth and into the throat. The relevant structures are identifed and a biopsy is taken if required.



What are the potential risks?

The most common risk of this operation is damage to the teeth. Owing to the fact that a large metal tube is introduced into the mouth, the teeth are at great risk - this risk is even greater if you have caps or crowns at the front, particularly on the top jaw. Every effort is made to protect the teeth, including mouthguards. On rare occasions, teeth may need to be purposely removed to gain access to difficult to reach parts of the throat. Another significant complication is perforation - making a small hole in the throat or oesophagus. Fortunately this is rare, but the consequences are very serious if this occurs.



What am I to expect after the operation?

You will stay overnight on the ward and be discharged home on the same day if all is well. You may experience a sore throat, but this does not usually require any pain relief. You will be provided with simple analgesia in case you need it.



How long will I be off work / school?

Only one or two days off will be required. This depends on what is done during the endoscopy. More surgery in the area will require more recovery time. A doctor's note will be provided



Frequently asked Questions

What happens if there is a perforation (hole)?

This is a very rare complication. If it does happen, a repair of the tissue is possible, but this is a serious operation.

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Last updated: 23 October 2004