It is the official position of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association that fiberoptic endoscopy in Denver, CO is an imaging procedure that may be used by speech-language pathologists to evaluate swallowing function. Fiberoptic endoscopy may also be used as a therapeutic aid and biofeedback tool during the course of swallowing treatment. The assessment and management of dysphagia fall within the scope of practice of speech-language pathology. Speech-language pathologists with expertise in dysphagia and specialized training in fiberoptic endoscopy are professionals qualified to use this procedure independently for the purpose of assessing swallowing function and related functions of structures within the upper aerodigestive tract.
The procedure is not intended to replace the fiberoptic examination performed by the otolaryngologist to assess the integrity of the laryngeal and pharyngeal structures. Physicians use endoscopy for functional evaluation of swallowing and/or to assess the integrity of the laryngeal and pharyngeal structures in order to render a medical diagnosis. Within interdisciplinary settings, these medical diagnoses and swallowing function assessment procedures can be accomplished through the combined efforts of these related professionals. Care should be taken to use this examination only in settings where medical personnel are available to ensure patient safety. Contact us today!