What is FEES?

Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing, or FEES, is an instrumental exam designed to assess a patient’s swallow.  Using a small, flexible endoscope containing a light and camera, a specially skilled SLP passes the scope transnasally along the floor of the nose until the pharynx and larynx are in view.  

As the patient performs various tasks and consumes a variety of solids and liquids, the SLP evaluates anatomy/physiology of the pharynx and larynx including sensation, presence of aspiration, effectiveness of compensatory strategies, secretions, and tissue integrity. These areas can NOT be fully assess during a bedside swallowing exam.