Airway Surgeries

Microlaryngoscopy does not usually require an overnight stay in the hospital. It is generally performed under general anesthesia (the patient is asleep during the procedure) with the patient lying on the back.
With the head tilted back (to make the airway as straight as possible), a laryngoscope is placed in the mouth to look at the larynx (voice box). It also pushes the tongue out of the way. If the patient is old enough to have upper teeth, they are protected with a tooth guard. The involved area is then visualized and the view is magnified (enlarged) using an endoscope (telescope). This is usually attached to a small video camera.