Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) is a procedure in which a flexible endoscope is inserted through the nose and into the throat to obtain a direct visualization of the swallowing musculature. This procedure allows for a dynamic view of the oral–pharyngeal transfer, and indirect evidence of the pharyngeal–esophageal transfer during swallows.
Management of secretions can be evaluated, and the anatomy and physiology of saliva swallow can be viewed in the absence of acceptance of food and/or liquids. The swallow is then assessed with presentation of food and liquid of various amounts and textures.
This service is offered on a contract basis with skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, rehab facilities, home health facilities and in-office patient visits.