Let’s get informed. What is FEES?
Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) is a quick and
painless test that starts with the use of a small, slender endoscope being
passed through the floor of the patient's nasal pathway. The endoscope,
which is equipped with a bright, clear LED light and an HD camera, allows
the SLP to clearly view the patient's pharynx, larynx and esophageal
opening while the patient is eating and drinking. The patient’s food
preferences are encouraged! These color images are projected to the
attached laptop in real-time.
FEES doesn’t hurt. And it's safe.
The entire test takes approximately 5-10 minutes and is not pain inducing.
As the scope is passed through the nose, the patient may note mild
discomfort, however, as the scope enters the throat this feeling of
discomfort goes away. Check out our resources page for more information
regarding safety and comfort using FEES!