Speech-language pathologists at HHH now offer Flexible Fiberoptic Endoscopic Examination of Swallowing, or FEES. The non-radioactive examination allows for the direct visualization of the pharyngeal and laryngeal structures in order to assess an individual’s swallowing function.
FEES is a valuable tool that enables a trained speech-language pathologist to evaluate a patient’s swallowing impairment, determine the best intervention, measure the effects of treatment and identify appropriate dietary modifications.
The procedure may also be used as a therapeutic tool by providing visual feedback to show patients the effects of utilizing different swallowing maneuvers.
Individuals who report trouble or pain while swallowing are candidates for FEES, including patients with stroke or traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury. In addition, patients who experience persistent coughing or throat clearing during meals, patients with tracheotomy or patients with a history of swallowing difficulty related to progressive neurological disorders can also benefit.
FEES is a safe, reliable and effective tool for the management of swallowing disorders and is available at HHH for both inpatients and outpatients.