Upper Airway Endoscopy

Carried out using flexible fibreoptic endoscopes using topical local anaesthesia.

Endoscopic camera and monitor

Laryngeal stroboscopy for voice disorders (speech and singing)

Assessment of airway anatomy in patients with snoring and sleep apnoea. This is often combined with assessment of snoring severity using a sleep study. Sleep studies are done by specialised sleep clinics to whom we refer, but decisions regarding treatment for snoring and sleep apnoea are made by us in discussion with the patient.

This type of endoscopy can be done in almost all adults, and even in cooperative children as young as 3 or 4 without the need for hospital admission. This can be very important for the assessment of airway obstruction (eg adenoids), persistent hoarseness (eg vocal nodules), or possible foreign bodies (eg swallowed fish bones)