What Can I Expect From My Swallowing Visit?

I have a swallowing appointment.  Now what?

We may recommend a flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing where a tiny flexible tube (3mm in width) with a camera is used to look at your throat while you swallow liquids and eat food. For this test we usually use colored milk or almond milk, pudding or applesauce, and non-nut containing cookies. Please let us know if you have any food allergies or intolerances. We do anesthetize the nose for this test as the tiny tube goes through the nose but we do not numb the throat, as we need to assess presence or absence of normal throat reflexes. This test is not uncomfortable and does not last long. It gives us valuable information about how your throat is functioning.

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