Transnasal Esophagoscopy (TNE)
Transnasal esophagoscopy (TNE) is used by doctors who wish to examine your esophagus. This procedure can be done in their office since you do not have to be sedated. Your doctor will simply use a topical anesthesia and then place a very thin scope through your nasal passage into your esophagus.
The main advantage to using transnasal esophagoscopy (TNE) is that your doctor will be able to get immediate results. Plus, it will not cost nearly as much as other similar procedures. A transnasal esophagoscopy is not invasive, so you will also be able to return to work on the same day that you have the procedure performed.
Having a transnasal esophagoscopy (TNE) is different from other similar procedures. In the past, either a rigid esophagoscopy or a flexible esophagoscopy would need to be performed. For a rigid esophagoscopy, you would need to be taken into the operating room and put under general anesthesia, while for a flexible esophagoscopy you would need to have an intravenous, conscious sedation. Both techniques would place the esophagoscope into your esophagus through your mouth. Since you would need to be put under some type of anesthesia for these procedures to be performed, you would lose a full day of work.
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