What is a panendoscopy?

A panendoscopy is a procedure that is performed to evaluate the upper part of the airway and digestive system. This includes the larynx (voice box), upper trachea, post-nasal area and the oesophagus. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic so that all areas can be accurately evaluated without any discomfort. A rigid and/or flexible endoscope can be used during this procedure.


Why is it performed?

This procedure is performed to evaluate the upper aero-digestive tract system. The doctor looks for any abnormalities including cancer, gastro oesophageal reflux disease or any other airway issues.


How should I prepare for the procedure?

Panendoscopy is always performed under general anaesthetic in a hospital. You will be given specific instructions before your date of surgery instructing you when to stop eating/drinking and specific medication that may be needed before or after surgery. 


What can I expect after the surgery?

After the surgery you will be monitored on the ward for a few hours before discharge usually on the same day. We pay very careful attention to managing your pain after the procedure.