Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of the Swallow

A fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of the swallow (FEES) assesses the swallowing process conducted by an otolaryngologist (ear, nose throat physician) or a speech-language pathologist. This evaluation produces a direct visualization of the throat (pharynx) and voice box (larynx) during the swallowing process. The FEES exam records the individual's entire dynamic swallowing process in a continuous motion-picture format, which can be saved digitally for more assessment and evaluation.

Who may benefit from the FEES?

  • Individuals with known or suspected swallowing disorders
  • Individuals with known or suspected voice or laryngeal pathology disorders
  • Individuals with a tracheostomy tube

How does the FEES work?

A camera attached to a small tube (endoscope) is inserted into the individual's nose and passed down to the throat area. Individuals receive food and liquid to eat and drink while the images of the swallow are recorded on a computer monitor.

What are the advantages of using the FEES?

  • FEES assists with the diagnosis and treatment planning for individuals with swallowing and voice disorders.
  • FEES provides real-time visual biofeedback to improve swallowing function.

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