Office procedures in laryngology are performed in a minimally invasive fashion, without need for IV lines or cardiac and pulmonary monitoring. Laryngology has its roots in office based procedures – before general anesthesia was commonplace, in the late 1800s and early 1900s most surgeries were performed with a patient awake.
Today, in the 21st century, improvements in anesthesia medication and delivery, and state of the art imaging products using high-defintion technology allow for examination of the larynx in ways never before possible. This along with small lasers and improved equipment allow laryngologists to perform surgeries in office that once required general anesthesia. This is one of the most exciting advancements in all of medicine over the last ten years.