Microlaryngoscopy is the examination of your larynx (voice box) while you are under a general anaesthetic.
You might need to have an examination of your to treat problems of the voice box, such as hoarseness.
What will happen during a microlaryngoscopy?
Your surgeon will put a short metal tube (laryngoscope) through your mouth into your voice box.
A microscope is then used to look into the voice box to find what the problem is.
If needed, surgery on your voice box can also be done through the laryngoscope.
If there are any problem areas, a small part of the lining of the voice box is taken away for laboratory examination. This is called a biopsy. Depending on the type of problem a laser is sometimes used to remove it.
Microlaryngoscopy is quite a short operation and usually takes less than 30 minutes.
How will I feel after the operation?
You may find that your throat hurts. This is because of the metal tubes that are passed through your throat to examine the voice box. Any discomfort settles quickly with simple painkillers and usually only lasts a day or two.
Often you can go home the same day as the operation, as long as you have someone with you. Depending on how you feel afterwards, you may need to stay overnight for observation.