The FEES procedure provides information that enables the examiner to evaluate swallowing disorders (dysphagia) and make important suggestions to the patient that will allow them to practice safer swallowing. The endoscope passes trans-nasally into the pharynx so the swallow can be viewed on a monitor. The examiner is also able to record the patient’s response. The procedure also provides immediate, continuous, uninterrupted visual-bio feedback. In addition to providing helpful information, the standard ATMOS FEES system is portable to the bedside, has no exposure to radiation, uses no barium, and saves costs for facilities.
FEES stands for Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing and is a procedure which uses endoscopy to evaluate the pharyneageal stage of swallowing and diagnose dysphagia. FEES is often preferred over Modified Barium Swallow because it is less expensive, more convenient and can test for more problems. The purpose of the FEES procedure is to diagnose the pharyngeal stage of dysphasia, to determine the causes of it, and to be able to make recommendations enforcing safe and efficient swallowing.