3 years ago

The use of video‐laryngoscopy in head and neck surgery

S. Shahsavari, D T. Walker, C. Patel, K. Kapoor, C R. Davies-Husband


Direct visualisation of the upper aerodigestive tract is a fundamental skill for ENT surgeons. Rigid endoscopes themselves have seen little transformation since they were first developed for gastroscopy by Kussmaul in 18681. In an era of ultra high definition and 3D technology, a straight, rigid metal tube with adjoining light source carrier to inspect mucosal surfaces up to 40cm from the surgeon's eye could benefit from updating. In our department, we favour the use of the video‐laryngoscope, specifically the C‐MAC system from Karl Storz.

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