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Functional endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES):
Functional endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) with fibre optics is now a first choice method for studying swallowing disorders. Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) is a procedure that allows voice and swallowing specialists to assess areas surrounding the voice box and opening of the oesophagus with the use of a small flexible telescope.

FEES offer various advantages:

  • Easy to use
  • Very well tolerated
  • Allows bedside examination
  • Economic

FEES clearly tells you about:

  • Clearly defines the anatomy
  • Is extremely useful in patients who are not accepting foods into their mouths
  • Is very helpful in patients where questions of aspiration of saliva are being considered
  • Is useful as a preoperative evaluation prior to the reconstruction of the airway to predict which patients will be at risk for aspiration during the postoperative period
  • Neurosensory testing can be performed in the endoscopic swallow study