Oct 20, 2010 - 9:01 am
Reading some of the threads got me to thinking... How many of you have actually SEEN the inside of your throat/larynx through the scope? Does your doctor let you look? Does your doctor have a scope that projects on a monitor or screen? Does your doctor have equipment that allows him/her to capture a digital image like a Glidescope?
There are several different types of laryngoscopes but modern ones can be digital video laryngoscopes. My ENT works out of three offices. In one office he has a Glidescope, in the other he has a video laryngoscope with a monitor and in the one closest to my home, he only has a regular, handheld, laryngoscope. I always drive to the further offices for visits.
Why do I think it so important? Because without photographic records, it's tough to compare one visit to the next. You're only going by memory. I have digital pictures of my throat going back to around 2002. In the office with the monitor, I simply take my digital camera and snap a couple of pics of the screen. I think it's important to always insist on a video laryngoscope so that you can have that record. Especially if a mass is found. From one visit to the next you can actually measure it to see if it has grown or shrunk.
IMHO - Don't let the docs go cheap on you with just a handheld that you can't see your own body and you have no record of the visit other than written notes.