Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of the Swallow

A fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of the swallow (FEES) assesses the swallowing process conducted by both an otolaryngologist (ear, nose throat physician) and a Marianjoy 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?
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?