Updated: Oct 20
Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) is a swallow test performed by a trained speech-language pathologist using an endoscope to assess a person's ability to swallow.
How the Test is Administered
The patient receives liquids and food mixed with food coloring and the swallow function is observed throughout the full swallowing process. The assessment can take up to 20 minutes and is administered at the patient’s residence. The endoscope is connected to a video monitor and is viewed in real-time by both the patient and the therapist, allowing for immediate results.
High definition images allowing for immediate results
Conducted in area and position where patient consumes meals
No radiation exposure
Conducted onsite, no need for transport
More accurate testing available
Learn more about the accuracy of bedside swallow studies.
What is Dysphagia
If a resident or patient has difficulty swallowing or cannot swallow certain types of food or liquids, the issue is commonly referred to as Dysphagia.
What to Look for:
Coughing or gagging when eating or drinking
Pain when swallowing
Sensation of food or liquid is stuck in the throat or chest
Difficulty chewing food and initiating a swallow
When to Seek Help
If a caregiver or patient notices regular difficulty swallowing, weight loss, and vomiting it is recommended contacting an organization, such as Mobile X-ray of Louisiana, that can coordinate a Swallow Study (FEES) to be conducted at the patient room or residents home.