A laryngoscopy is a procedure to look at the vocal cords by using a thin flexible telescope that is passed through your nose and carries a small camera and a bright light.
A laryngoscopy enables physicians and speech-language pathologists to look at the details of the vocal cords while they are moving and while you are breathing and talking.
Laryngoscopy: What to Expect
Prior to performing this procedure, your nose is sprayed with a medication for decongestion and numbing. In general, this procedure is extremely well tolerated, even for patients who are concerned that they might "gag" or experience other discomfort.
The examination lasts 30-60 seconds and is often the cornerstone of our diagnosis.