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Microlaryngoscopy is the examination of your larynx (voice box), using a microscope, while you are under general anaesthetic. You will therefore be asleep for the procedure. This operation is used to find out, and treat, any problems of the larynx and to help improve your voice.
Your surgeon has recommended you undergo this operation so that the problem with your voice box can be assessed and if possible, treated. Microlaryngoscopy gives a very detailed view of the voice box.
Before your operation you will be seen at pre-assessment clinic where you will also be screened for MRSA with swabs from your throat, nose, armpit or groin. If you have other medical problems, you might also have an appointment arranged for you to see an anaesthetist (the doctor that puts you to sleep for the operation).
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On the day of your operation, you will arrive on the ward where nursing staff will go through some paperwork with you, check your vital signs (blood pressure etc.) and give you a gown and stockings to wear (to prevent blood clots).
Before your operation, you will see your surgeon who will go through the operation and the consent form with you.
You will also see your anaesthetist who will go through how you are put to sleep and answer any questions you may have about this.
The operation involves putting an instrument (laryngoscope) into your mouth to get a good view of the voice box. A microscope is then used to magnify this view.
At this point, several things can be done (which varies for each patient). If there is anything suspicious, then samples can be taken and sent to the laboratory. Laser can be used to remove lumps and growths. As the operation is done through your mouth you will not have any scars from the procedure.
It is generally quite a short operation and usually takes about 30 minutes. It is likely to be done as a day case, so you should be able to go home the same day.
Microlaryngoscopy is generally a very safe procedure. However, you should be aware of the following risks.
After the first two days of complete voice rest, you may start using the voice gently and sparingly over the next 10 days. After 2 weeks you can use the voice as normal.
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The voice box will take 3 to 4 weeks to fully heal after microlaryngoscopy.
Your surgeon will arrange to see you in clinic after the microlaryngoscopy. Here, you will find out the results of any samples sent to the laboratory and discuss further treatment options.
The Princess Royal Hospital
Ansty Ward: 01444 441 881 extension 8240.
Hickstead Pre-assessment Clinic: extension 5963.
The Royal Sussex County Hospital
8AW Ward: 01273 696 955 extension 4357.
Ear, Nose and Throat secretaries: 01273 696 955 extension 4802.
If you have any special requirements (eg. related to religion) or any access issues (eg. related to loss of vision or disability) then please do not hesitate to contact the Hickstead pre-assessment clinic for further advice / information.
This information is intended for patients receiving care in Brighton & Hove or Haywards Heath.
The information in this leaflet is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.
Review Date: September 2022