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.
Review Date 8/12/2019
Updated by: Josef Shargorodsky, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.