Discharge information: post Microlaryngoscopy under Local Anaesthetic (LA)
Please read this document carefully as it contains important information that complements the
instructions given by your MEG ENT Specialist during your recent surgical admission.
Generally, no specific post procedural medications are prescribed.
- Pain Management:
- Most patients do not experience significant pain after this procedure.
- However there may be some nose & throat discomfort which will improve over a few
- Simple over the counter analgaesics should be adequate (e.g. Paracetamol,
- There may be some minor neck pain and bruising if an injection was performed which
will improve over a few days.
- Strict Voice Rest:
- The amount of voice rest depends on the nature of the procedure performed, but canrange from a few hours to 5 days.
- Your MEG ENT specialist will advise you.
- Strict voice rest for the prescribed amount of time implies:
- No talking,
- No whispering,
- No singing
- Minimising coughing & throat clearing
- You will then gradually return to normal voice use, usually under the guidance of aspeech pathologist.
- Neck injection site
- Generally no specific care is required.
- A small dressing may be placed over the puncture site and this can be removed after 48 hours.
Also read information about post Microlaryngoscopy under General Anaesthetic
- After a delay of approximately 1 and ½ hours, (for the local anaesthetic to wear off), you mayeat and drink as normal.
- If your procedure involved the oesophagus (food pipe) then your doctor may instruct you to eata soft diet for a few days.
- Ensure you maintain an adequate fluid intake to help with healing and recovery from theprocedure.
Return to Normal Activities:
- As this procedure is performed under local anaesthetic, you are able to return to work the dayof the procedure if desired.
- Your return to work will also be limited by the degree of voice rest prescribed (SEE ABOVE)
- Your MEG ENT Specialist will advise you.
Attend your nearest Emergency Department or Call 000 if:
- Breathing or swallowing becomes progressively difficult consult your doctor or contact thehospital immediately.
- You develop any neck pain or neck swelling consult your doctor or contact the hospitalimmediately.
On your Post Operative Appointment:
- Your speech pathologist +/- MEG ENT Specialist will listen to your voice and provide you withappropriate vocal exercises.
- A repeat endoscopy / stroboscopy to look at the larynx may be performed.