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Speech-Language Pathology:
Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)

A Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) is a fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing uses a small camera to assess swallowing. The endoscope is inserted through the nose allowing the speech-language pathologist to view the swallowing structures. The patient is then required to swallow liquids and foods of various consistencies while the speech-language pathologist watches the structures on a video screen. The test provides information on the overall swallowing process, both motor and sensory aspects, as well as a patients risk for swallowing fluids or foods into the lungs, which is known as aspiration.

The physical therapists of the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Virginia Hospital Center have additional training in Performing FEES Testing.

Do You Have Problems Swallowing?

To check how well you can move the muscles of your mouth, how clearly you talk and how you swallow, a speech-language pathologist (SLP) performs FEES study. Read more

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