While the patient is deep asleep and pain-free (general anesthesia), lasers are used to burn away tumors or lesions, which are passed down the laryngoscope. Patients can often go home the same or following day after laryngoscopy.
Update Date 8/5/2015
Updated by: Sumana Jothi MD, specialist in laryngology, Clinical Instructor UCSF Otolaryngology, NCHCS VA, SFVA, San Francisco, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.