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:
The SLP uses the FEES results to plan your treatment and discuss the foods and drinks which may be safer for you.
- 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
A physician referral is required for this service.