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FIBEROPTIC ENDOSCOPIC EVALUATION OF SWALLOWING (FEES)



FEES is a safe and effective instrumental assessment used in the evaluation of people with swallowing problems.

At Baycrest, FEES is performed by a certified speech-language pathologist (SLP) in consultation with an ear, nose and throat doctor (ENT) in order to see what is happening inside your throat when you swallow. A small tube with a camera enables them to watch and record your swallow on a computer monitor.

FEES allows you and the SLP to see:

  • Food is going into your airway instead of your esophagus (food pipe)
  • Which parts of your throat may not be working well
  • How certain strategies or postures may help you swallow better and/or safer
The SLP uses the FEES results to plan your treatment and discuss the foods and drinks which may be safer for you.

A physician referral is required for this service.